Seattle Central Library opened in 2004 to great acclaim. Rem Koolhaas, the architect is world renowned. I spoke to a reference librarian there today (6-19-2017) and she told me that the library, for all it's odd shape, actually works pretty well as a library. She said the ESCALATORS WORKED GREAT (see below). The library has … Continue reading Seattle Central Library by Rem Koolhaas
Here is a concept worth considering: conjoin a new library building or branch libraries with housing. I get first dibs on a penthouse condo (fully accessible of course, including the bathroom shower) on the top of the library building! Of course, Chicago is massively larger than Rochester, so branches in big cities make sense. But … Continue reading Branch Idea – Build with Accessible Housing
Library Journal article on the 2017 award winning library designs including the Whitehall Branch of the Columbus, Ohio, Library system (awesome system, I lived in Ohio and used all the time).
I think good lighting makes a successful library. Good means AMBIENCE, no glare, optimal LUX (50+), DIFFUSE sunlight for reading areas, and more. Continue on for links to some articles on library lighting. This is a link to a PowerPoint presentation in a pdf format on the Stanford website. It is by architects who clearly … Continue reading Lighting for Libraries
Here is a random sampling of historical and current libraries from "top # list"s and other sources to be linked later. This list is fun but some odd choices for the top 25. Portugal has fabulous historical library at Mafra. Here is another enumeration of fantastical libraries around the world. Ran out of time. Will … Continue reading Fabulous Libraries around the World
Now that I have your attention the rest is boring text for now. The above Steampunk vehicle could be a bookmobile! (missing the link to image) Bookmobiles are best for outreach With the heavy use the current stats show us for how successful the Rochester Public Library bookmobile service is, an additional new vehicle would … Continue reading Bookmobile(s) for the Future versus Bricks and Mortar Branch(es)
Light is a problem for books from the damaging rays of the sun, but also from the way light -- natural or fixtures -- cause illumination and consequential glare. Here is some information on light and books and reading. Direct light from the sun will damage books, so it is important to prevent or modify windows … Continue reading Light and Books need Architectural Consideration