Daily Archives: February 28, 2012



Library Design Showcase 2012: Collaborative Learning

February 28, 2012

It’s hardly news anymore: The library is no longer a place for (just) solitary silence. The following facilities have made a special effort to provide space for cooperation and collaboration, while still respecting other patrons’ desires for silence. North Carolina State University Libraries, D. H. Hill Library, Raleigh Collaborative Learning:  The renovated Hill Library created … Continue reading Library Design Showcase 2012: Collaborative Learning



Library Design Showcase 2012: Small Projects, Big Impact

February 28, 2012

Plainfield (N.J.) Public Library Small Projects, Big Impact: A rainforest theme carries through the renovation of Plainfield Public Library’s Children’s Library, which serves a community with no movie theater or themed recreational sites. Thatched huts provide quiet reading areas, while a built-in puppet stage is camouflaged within a 60-foot rainforest mural. The space can also … Continue reading Library Design Showcase 2012: Small Projects, Big Impact


Library Design Showcase 2012: Green Facilities

February 28, 2012

Green construction has been a growing trend for several years. Daylighting, green roofs, solar panels, water management, and certification under the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) continue to gain popularity. The following libraries are each notable for their sustainability features. San Diego County Library, Fallbrook Branch Green Facilities: … Continue reading Library Design Showcase 2012: Green Facilities


Library Design Showcase 2012: Super Schools

February 28, 2012

With the success of the recent White House petition on school libraries, the American public has asserted its support for this vital aspect of childhood education. The following schools have demonstrated their understanding of the centrality of their libraries by creating spaces that support 21st-century learning. Monroe High School Campus Library, New York City Monroe … Continue reading Library Design Showcase 2012: Super Schools


Library Design Showcase 2012: Building for Accessibility

February 28, 2012

Ensuring that all people can use a library regardless of age, background, or physical ability is one of the profession’s central tenets. These projects have put special effort into making sure that the finished building is accessible to all. Strathcona County (Alb.) Library Building for Accessibility: Eleven “living room” spaces, sprinkled throughout two floors, offer … Continue reading Library Design Showcase 2012: Building for Accessibility


Library Design Showcase 2012: Service Flexibility

February 28, 2012

Library needs change as service populations shift, technology marches on, and ideas for new services blossom. These changes can happen over years, but they can also happen day-to-day as patrons seek a venue to serve their needs of the moment. The following buildings have built-in flexibility to adapt to what their patrons require. Angelo State … Continue reading Library Design Showcase 2012: Service Flexibility


Library Design Showcase 2012: Reuse and Restoration

February 28, 2012

It’s not always feasible to update an existing building for use as a library rather than constructing new, but when it is possible it has the potential to save money, reduce environmental impact, and preserve pieces of local history. The following libraries have all successfully transformed existing spaces—some libraries, some not—to suit current and coming … Continue reading Library Design Showcase 2012: Reuse and Restoration


Library Design Showcase 2012: Technology Enabled

February 28, 2012

Librarians know that technology is as much a part of the modern library as books are. The following facilities have incorporated technology into their construction projects in innovative ways. University of Akron, Ohio, Bierce Library Technology Enabled: Bierce Library’s renovation is intended to create a contemporary learning commons that facilitates interaction between students and staff … Continue reading Library Design Showcase 2012: Technology Enabled