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Submissions open for 2021 Library Design Showcase

January 4, 2021

The Library Learning Center at Texas Southern University in Houston
The Library Learning Center at Texas Southern University in Houston was featured in the 2020 Library Design Showcase. Photo: Kayla Hartzog

American Libraries is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Library Design Showcase, our annual feature celebrating new and newly renovated libraries of all types. The showcase will appear in the September/October 2021 issue.

We are looking for examples of innovative library architecture that address patrons’ needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways. In this unprecedented year, we are also interested in submissions from libraries that are responding to the pandemic through building design and renovation.

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, 2020, and April 30, 2021. The submission deadline is May 31, 2021. Unfortunately, not all submissions can be featured.

To have your library considered, send a completed submission form and at least five high-resolution digital images with photographer credits to via Dropbox or another file-sharing service.

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


Library Learning Center at Texas Southern University in Houston. Photo: Kayla Hartzog

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