May 9, 2021

University of Alabama: Project to Expand and Renovate Gorgas Library Gets Going

From The Crimson White: Dan Wolfe, UA planner and designer, expressed excitement over the project to have both the opportunity to expand the main library and to redesign the north face of the building. [Clip] Wolfe said the project was still in an early stage but is currently planned to add an additional 50,000 square […]

Ohio: Cuyahoga County Public Library’s $110 Million Renovation Project Turns Branches Into Community Gathering Spots

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer: The Cuyahoga County Public Library, one of the busiest in the country, is in the midst of replacing and renovating 18 of its 28 branches. It began its design plans in 2011, revealing a project that would work to turn the atmosphere of libraries into something similar to bookstores, making […]

National Library of Scotland Facility to Receive £2m External Facelift

From The Scotsman: The National Library of Scotland’s storage site at Causwayside in Edinburgh, home to more than two million maps, atlases, reference books and periodicals, is to get a £2 million [approx. $3.2 million/USD] external overhaul. The Scottish Government has pledged cash to transform the site into a low-energy space, significantly reducing energy consumption, […]

New York Public Libraries Revive $1 Billion Plan to Overhaul Branches and Fifth Avenue Flagship

UPDATE: More on the Plan Including a Timeline, List of Planned Pilot Programs, FAQ, and More From The NY Times: The New York Public Library on Wednesday rekindled its ambitious $1 billion plan to overhaul its branches and renovate its Fifth Avenue flagship. The plan, which will now involve selling two of the system’s best-known […]

LBJ Library Undergoing Year-Long Renovation & New LBJ "Time Machine" Launches on Tumblr

From the AP (via Austin American-Statesman) The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum is getting a new look. Library officials say they’re starting on a year-long renovation, which will include a bigger store and more interactive features and technology. The library will remain open through the project, though some parts will close temporarily. After […]

Academic Libraries: Book Retrieval "Bots" Arrive at UMKC Library (and Don't Forget the Sushi Bar)

From the Kansas City Star: What you might not expect to find on the main floor of the Miller Nichols Library is a sushi bar. But there it is, a part of the $70 million renovation going on at the University of Missouri-Kansas City building. And what you might expect to find there — books […]

Rare Books: Peabody Essex Museum Announces $20 Million Rennovation of Philipps Library

From the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM): Beginning this fall, the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will undergo a two-year, $20 million modernization including a much-needed facility upgrade and a program of cataloging and digitization. With 400,000 volumes and more than a linear mile of manuscripts acquired over two centuries, the Phillips Library […]