Library Journal’s New Landmark Libraries


Library Journal is proud to present its inaugural list of New Landmark Libraries. These ten public libraries, plus ten Honorable Mentions, will inspire and inform any building project.

At LJ, after years of covering new library construction and renovations and exploring innovations in design, we realized that librarians could use a master list of the best libraries to study, in person or virtually, for models and insight into coming trends. There are, of course, the libraries that anyone diving into library design will discover right away—reinventions in Seattle and Minneapolis by Rem Koolhaas and Cesar Pelli, respectively; smaller, highly touted projects such as Darien Library, CT, and so many more; and traditional motherships such as New York Public Library’s main.

LJ wanted to help librarians discover relatively unknown gems that raise the bar as they respond to trends in green design and shifts in service models. These would be the New Landmark Libraries. To find them, project coordinator Louise Schaper, retired executive director of Fayetteville Public Library, AR, now with her own consulting practice, pulled together a panel of 16 judges—most librarians, a few architects—to develop criteria and select the first group of New Landmark Libraries, focusing on public libraries opened in the last six years. (LJ plans to name academic New Landmark Libraries next year.)

From a national pool of nominations, the judges chose ten New Landmark Libraries and ten Honorable Mentions. That puts 20 libraries across the country on an itinerary for a virtual or real trek that will fill your notebook with great ideas to adapt as you plan your library of the future. Enjoy, and tell us what you think! And, join Schaper in a free webcast, "Tour of Four of the New Landmark Libraries," on June 8; www.libraryjournal.com/-tourlandmarks
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