Pros Neighborliness Short drives from SOME people's homes Free parking Drive through pick up and drop off possible The pros are pretty self explanatory. I will develop more later if I get a chance. However, I think the CONS so dramatically outweigh the branches that a branch library should not be considered at all. Please … Continue reading Branch Libraries – Pros and Cons
Rochester Public Library has one bookmobile. As a librarian noted in a public meeting about the library's future, "BOOKMOBILES ARE BRANCH LIBRARIES." Here is a quote featuring Rochester Public Library's Kim Edson in a 2010 article on bookmobiles: The 2012 bookmobile, as noted on the RPL web site, is also GREEN: About the Bookmobile … Continue reading Bookmobile – Rochester Public Library (Current)
Just threw these up here for now based on features I found striking and some text about the images. I did another post featuring them but do not recall if I have the links there. I forgot I had started this page. Here are some fun links about particular libraries featured on the ArchDaily web … Continue reading Great Links to Well-Designed Libraries
Here is a TEDx talk on possibilities of libraries. Here is a public library talk from Denver TEDx. The library is not a place, it's a concept. Calgary. Still to come: 3d printer chess club make a video
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).