Facilities

Palo Alto Library Plans Heartily Approved

Two boards enthusiastically approved plans for the construction of a new library and community centre for the Palo Alto Public Library.

The new Mitchell Park library will encompass 36,000 square feet while the community centre provides another 15,000 square feet of space.

More from the San Jose Mercury News.

Singapore National Library Wins Award for Energy Efficiency

New libraries have the benefit of creating an energy-efficient environment from the start, and here's one that's won a prize for just that in Singapore. Through various initiatives - including escalators and water taps with motion-sensors, use of natural lighting, and gardens - the National Library Board (NLB) has been taking environmental-friendliness seriously.

DC Library Sues Contractor In Response to April Fire at Georgetown Branch

The Washington Post reports... "The city is seeking more than $13 million in damages from the Hyattsville contractor that was heading renovation of the Georgetown public library when a fire broke out there in late April.

Officials allege negligence on the part of Dynamic Corp., which was handling exterior improvements at the historic branch. A subcontractor for Dynamic was removing lead-based paint from second-floor windows, and it was workers' use of electric heat guns that District fire investigators concluded had ignited materials near the roofline on the building's south side.

MPL Northeast Wants Input on New Facility

The Northeast Community Library of the Minneapolis Public Library System is up for a renovation and a big one at that. Library administration formed an advisory team to speak with the public and learn how they can get the most for their money, which is important when we're talking about a $3 million project.

They want to know how the public really uses the library and what would be beneficial to their patronage. While the library will maintain its original footprint, the inside will change considerably.

More from the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Old Library's Renaissance Tab Grows

It's sticker shock for taxpayers in Salt Lake City , where the new multi-faceted museum project, the Leonardo (the former Main Library), is going to cost $33 million dollars, thirteen million more than originally projected.

Mayor Rocky Anderson is pushing the plan - he has sent e-mails to City Council members - and insiders are scrambling to lobby for a sales-tax revenue bond. The term would extend 20 years.
Mary Tull, Leonardo's director, points to staggering spikes on everything from seismic stabilization and asbestos removal to certifying the building as environmentally sound.
"We have been struggling with the architects and the city to try to get the architectural budget down during this horrendous scope of inflation," Tull said. "It's unreal."

A Talk With a Library Architect

The Norman Transcript posts a rather decent talk with an architect specializing in the art of building libraries. He talks about some of the concerns, challenges, and rewards of being able to design some of the 250 libraries built in America every year.

It does this old Circ guy's heart good when the first thing he mentions is problems with the placement of a Circ desk and how important that is. Having been through more than a couple remodelings, I can fully relate to that.

Library Renovations

From Inside Higher Ed, the article "More Than Coffee and Wireless" provides a brief overview of trends in library renovations and how libraries fit with general campus facilities planning.

Ready for...A Library As "An Intellectual Coffeeshop"?

The fantastic new $20 million Encinitas, CA library facility is currently under construction. The mayor, James Bond (yup) says "I'm not in any way trying to denigrate the value of the library, it will just be totally different. I think it will be more of an intellectual coffee shop than a library. Heaven knows it will have one of the best patio views in the city."

Wonder if there's going to be coffee in the 'intellectual coffee shop'. Wonder what he's got against libraries?

Check out architect Manuel Orcina's renderings of the new facility here. More from Mayor Bond and library personnel from the North Country Times.

Bookshelves for the Surreal Library

Building one of those new fangled libraries with all the fancy architecture and more glass than a crystal palace? Well then, bucko, you'll need some shelves won't you? And if you're going for the surreal, cantilevered, looks like it'll fall down at any minute look, you'll want some matching shelves.

Gravity shelves to the rescue! Or perhaps you'd be interested in a more mathematical iteration?

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