Libraries

A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows that despite the increasing use of tablets and e-readers, Americans still love books and still rely on libraries as a central cultural institution.
Feb 16, 2014   Pew Research Center
Based on lessons from recent disasters in Chicago and New York, where lively urban spaces helped communities to survive and recover, Michael Kimmelman suggests that neighborhood libraries could be designed with such a purpose in mind.
Oct 6, 2013   The New York Times
Public libraries across America are threatened by reduced staffing, resources, and hours due to budget cuts. However, "little libraries" are popping up in communities across the country as urbanists seek to redefine public space and librarianship.
Jun 2, 2012   Places
West Hollywood's new library returns to the California Mid-Century tradition with floor to ceiling glass windows providing plenty of natural light, and a walkable link to Santa Monica boulevard a new park signals a new civic focus.
Sep 29, 2011   L.A. Times
With funding in question, the future of public libraries is uncertain. This slideshow explores how libraries function as a commons and public space in American cities.
Apr 12, 2011   Places
A piece in The Atlantic argues that telecommuting trends could have significant impacts on the built environment.
May 17, 2010   The Atlantic
The New York Times City Critic ventures to Battery Park City to check out the city's newest and greenest library, yet occupying only 10,000 sq. ft. in a multi-story building, and comes away mightily impressed. Check out the photo slide-show.
Mar 29, 2010   The New York Times - N.Y. / Region
The public library is being re-imagined as an interactive space with multimedia learning labs, coffee shops and government services.
Mar 3, 2010   Miller-McCune
Libraries are struggling to make ends meet in Milwaukee. One possible solution: integrating a mix of uses.
Aug 7, 2009   Library Journal
<p>In this slideshow from <em>Slate</em>, Witold Rybczynski looks at public libraries from across the country and wonders how they will and should react to the increasingly digital age.</p>
Mar 1, 2008   Slate
As a note of introduction, I am a Master's student in Community Planning at the University of Maryland. I'm happy to be part of this exciting project. With a series of new urban libraries opening in U.S. cities recent years, its been said we're living through an 'urban library renaissance.' Whether it is the enthusiastic reception of the new Seattle library, or lending and attendance up in urban Canadian libraries, there seems to be an increased awareness of the critical role libraries play, even in the information age. However, no such renaissance has happened here in Washington, D.C. -- at least not yet. Here the former mayor's plans to build a new library were stalled by what the Washington Post has termed the 'Mies Mystique.' Opinion
Feb 22, 2007   By Robert Goodspeed