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Designing libraries that are relevant in the digital age

“With the huge amounts of information now available online, we take a look at how libraries are designing for the 21st century.cEven though it’s still weeks from opening, the new Halifax Central Library is getting lots of attention. And not just because of its 57 million dollar cost. It’s earned international attention as one of the top buildings of 2014. It’s been years since a library of this size and importance was built in Canada. And perhaps… it’s no wonder. Much of the world’s knowledge has moved on to the internet. Books have shed their covers–and even their paper–as they slip onto e-readers.” (via CBC Radio)

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Building a new library from the ground up

“Universal City librarian Toni Davenport is almost giddy when discussing the task that lies before her — build a new library, from the ground up. Community meeting space, banks of computers and a “library that flows” are among the wants, needs and desires Davenport will express in the coming weeks, as the city begins meeting with architects about what to incorporate in the new structure. Universal City City Council July 15 voted to pursue certificates of obligation in order to build a new $3.2 million library on property near the current facility on Northview Drive. The city owns the land under the current library, as well as a neighboring park and walking trail.” (via San Antonio Express-News)

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$6 million tune-up planned for Harold Washington Library

“Chicago’s showcase Harold Washington Library is in line for a $6 million facelift — including a new roof, generators, heating and cooling systems — courtesy of tax increment financing. TIF funding for the library equivalent of a 100,000-mile checkup for the 26-year-old central library — and the same for the 30-year-old Sulzer Regional Library — is tucked away in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget.” (via Chicago Sun-Times)

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UCSB Library Breaks Ground on First Expansion Project in 35 Years

“When undergraduates at UC Santa Barbara were asked in a recent survey where they spend most of their time on campus outside of class, the overwhelming majority named Davidson Library as their home away from home. It’s fitting, then, that UCSB on Tuesday celebrated the beginning of the first major expansion and renovation the library has seen in more than three decades. With shovels in hand, UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang, Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas, university librarian Denise Stephens and others broke ground on the project that, when completed, will make the UCSB Library — and its 3 million volumes and myriad collections — an even more vital academic and cultural resource for the university and the Santa Barbara community.” (via Noozhawk)

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Pretty on outside, library falling apart inside

“To passers-by on Brush Hill Road, the New Fairfield Free Public Library looks picture-perfect and inviting, with yellow marigolds lining the red-brick walkways and lush plantings bordering its exterior. But inside, the 10,000-square-foot building is showing its age. The groaning heating and air-conditioning system has been known to shut down when the weather gets too hot or too cold, an outdated lighting system makes reading difficult in some areas, and there is no way for persons with mobility problems who park in the lower lot behind the building to get to the adult section at street level.” (via Stamford Advocate)

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New library: Is this monument necessary?

“There are many impressive aspects to the new San Diego Central Library. The gleaming dome, the latest landmark on the city’s skyline, is one and a half times the size of the U.S. Capitol’s dome. The eighth floor reading room has comfy chairs and views of the Gaslamp, San Diego Bay, Coronado and the Pacific. The 2.8 million items shelved here range from the latest Dan Brown thriller to a CD collection that embraces Bach and “Blurred Lines.”

All notable features. But perhaps the most impressive thing about the new Central Library is the fact that it exists.” (via UTSanDiego.com)

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Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library is getting a $20 million makeover

“Yale University’s cathedral of learning is getting a much-needed touch up. Sterling Memorial Library, the tallest building in the city when it opened in 1931, is in the midst of a complete restoration of its nave — the church-like expanse that awes visitors with its high archways, intricate stained glass and eye-catching stone work. When the project is completed a year from now, officials say, it will return the library to its former splendor while updating its functionality for today’s students and scholars.” (via New Haven Register)

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With Modern Makeovers, America’s Libraries Are Branching Out

“It’s not exactly a building boom, but several public libraries around the country are getting makeovers. The Central Library in Austin, Texas just broke ground on a new building that promises such new features as outdoor reading porches and a cafe. In Madison, Wis., they’re about to open a newly remodeled library that has, among other improvements, more natural light and a new auditorium. Historic libraries in Boston and New York City are looking at significant renovations.” (via NPR)

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New York Public Library Rethinks Design

“The New York Public Library, responding to outcry over its plans to demolish century-old book stacks, will this fall unveil a new design that preserves a significant portion of them, its president, Anthony Marx, said Tuesday. The library disclosed its plans in response to questions from The Wall Street Journal about alternatives it had considered to the $300 million renovation, which has sparked two lawsuits brought by scholars and preservationists, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, aiming to block the stacks’ destruction.” (via WSJ.com)

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Madison’s new Central Library will welcome homeless, but won’t serve as a ‘day shelter’

“The redeveloped Central Library in downtown Madison will be a resource for homeless people when it reopens its doors on Sept. 21, but it’s no substitute for a day shelter, says library director Greg Mickells. “The library does want to be part of the solution for that population in the downtown area, and we’ve been meeting with a variety of social service agencies,” Mickells says. “But I don’t see the library as a replacement for a day shelter.” (via The Capital Times)

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