February 16, 2018

Repurposing Retail | Library by Design, Spring 2013

The trend toward putting public libraries in retail spaces such as big-box stores, malls, strip centers, and main street buildings shows no sign of slowing. The McAllen Public Library, TX, main library, which opened in late 2011 in a former Wal-Mart, garnered many awards, including the coveted American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for Interior Architecture. McAllen residents got a lot of library compared with what they would have gotten building new, reduced their impact on the environment, and turned a blight into a flourishing center of community life.

Boston Public Library Studies Adding Retail to Main Branch

The Boston Public Library (BPL) is considering adding a retail store to its main branch. BPL spokesperson Mary Bender told LJ that the Boston city council had authorized the library to spend $600,000 for a feasibility study in fiscal year 2013, which began July 1. “We are open to thinking about retail options. That’s the […]