“It’s just a one-story building, but the Mariners Harbor Library on Staten Island took nearly eight years to move from the drawing board to opening day in 2013. Across town in the Bronx, the Kingsbridge Library that opened in 2011 took more than nine years to build. The cost per square foot was more than double what developers pay, on average, to build new office buildings in New York.” (via WNYC)
“Expect loud oohing and ahhing about a library Thursday night. In front of book nerds and architecture geeks, the designers of the new central library will pull back the curtain on their grand vision. It’s a much-hyped unveiling — not quite at the same level as The Bow though it’s a public building, nor at the level of the Peace Bridge though at $245 million it costs 10 times as much” (via Calgary Herald)
“Community leaders got a preview Tuesday of East Baton Rouge Parish’s new $35 million main library, which is expected to open early in 2014 on Goodwood Boulevard. The facility was built with an eye on technology, and includes high ceilings, sunny rooms and wireless Internet.” (via AP)
“At Tulane University’s Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, where the silence is usually broken only by a murmured inquiry or the rustling of pages in a book, patrons soon will be able to get unusual amenities: earplugs. Here’s why: Come November, workers are going to be drilling and pounding as they start adding two floors to the Uptown campus’ main library. “There will be a lot of noise,” said Lance Query, dean of libraries and academic information resources.” (via NOLA.com)
“If Palo Alto’s Main Library was a book, its binding would be falling apart, its pages worn and tattered.
But that won’t be the case for much longer. On Tuesday, the city closed the branch at 1213 Newell Road for an 18-month renovation project. The aim is to upgrade the 55-year-old building’s “bones” — the structural, electrical and mechanical systems — while preserving the integrity of architect Edward Durrell Stone’s iconic design.” (via San Jose Mercury News)