New Landmark Libraries 2012 by the Library Journal

Jul 6, 2012 by

The Library Journal published its landmark academic libraries list for 2012.:

1. Goucher Athenaeum, Goucher College, Baltimore. 

2. Berkeley Law Library, University of California. 
 Ratcliff Architects

3. William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library. Ohio State University, Columbus.
Architect: Acock Associates Architects

4. South Mountain Community Library, Phoenix.
Architect: richärd+bauer architecture

5. Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, Seattle University.
Architect: Pfeiffer Partners Architects, Inc.

Honorable mentions

Science and Engineering Library, Columbia University, New York.
Architect:: Rafael Moneo Vallés Arquitecto

University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson. 
 Line and Space, LLC

Ten trends were identified among the winners: library as forum, library as partner, connection to the campus, daylight, friendly to pedestrians, whole-student support, re-purposing collection spaces, design flexibility for unknown futures, IT integration and Gold LEED status.

The issue describe each site with more details. Some things I particularly like are Goucher’s Athenaeum spaces with no purposes, the five entrances to the Lemieux Library (I do wonder how they monitor them all), and the general (and generous) use of natural light in all the projects.

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