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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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