New library makes a change

How one library changed a community after a natural disaster…

In June 2008 a flood swept through Cedar Rapids, Iowa, filling its downtown central library with eight feet of water and damaging the building and materials beyond repair. In the wake of this unprecedented natural disaster, the city rallied to build a new central library.

The design of the new library was guided by three primary ideas: 1) Establish the library as the dynamic center of the city’s urban core; 2) Embrace the transformational shifts…Read More

Are libraries still needed?

In this day and age people do not see the reason for a new library…

In New York City, supporters of public libraries say that respect for — and repair of — the libraries is long, well, overdue.

A new campaign, Invest in Libraries, puts forth that in the past 10 years, the city government has reduced funding for public libraries by nearly 20 percent and 1,000 workers or so have been trimmed from the payroll. The campaign calls on the city to increase its support in various ways, such as restoring $65 million in operating funds.

The New York Times reports that “the city’s three public library systems — the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library — are seeking…Read more

Libraries require a quiet refuge

Here is a interesting story on how the library has been used in a time of crisis…

SAN FRANCISCO — Public libraries that provided a quiet refuge from civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore are about to receive a small bounty from Silicon Valley.

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and his wife, philanthropist and educator Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, have teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to donate nearly $170,000 worth of computers, printers and other equipment.

The couple says they were moved by the “individual acts of heroism” of library staffers who kept the doors open…Read more 

Architects Love To Design Libraries

Here is a great article about library planning.

Learning to Adapt

A new children’s library and learning center in Little Rock, Ark., aims to redefine the library for today’s community needs—which sometimes includes a kitchen

By Steve Cimino

The word “library” brings to mind shelves and shelves of dusty books, with several stray computers off to the side and a tweedy, bespectacled librarian overseeing it all. In 2015, however, the majority of the world’s books are available for download on mobile devices, via Google Books, Project Gutenberg, or some other repository waving the banner of free and open access.

How can a bricks-and-mortar institution like a library survive?

A first step is to expand beyond the written word and focus on…

Read the entire article here: American Institute of Architects