Show Us Your Beautiful New Library

Submissions are open for the 2019 Library Design Showcase

January 2, 2019

Joplin (Mo.) Public Library, which was featured in the 2018 Design Showcase. Photo: Gayle Babcock/Architectural Imageworks

American Libraries is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Library Design Showcase, our annual feature celebrating new and newly renovated or expanded libraries of all types. The showcase will appear in the September/October 2019 issue.

We are looking for shining examples of innovative library architecture that address patrons’ needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways. Previous submissions have ranged from stunning restorations of historic Carnegie buildings to vacant structures that have been repurposed into libraries to high-tech facilities with audio and video production studios.

If your library is on the cutting edge, we want our readers to know. To be eligible, projects must have been completed between May 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019. The submission deadline is May 31, 2019. Unfortunately, not all submissions can be featured.

To have your library considered, send a completed submission form, along with at least five high-resolution digital images with photographer credits, to American Libraries, Attn: Library Design Showcase, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Submissions can also be sent via Dropbox to

View last year’s showcase at For more information, email


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