2016 News Archive

Designing Libraries News Archive 2016

31 May 2016

  • What will a library be tomorrow?
    A hybrid, multimedia space for knowledge access and activation - as has been the case for much of its history.
  • Living in a material world
    Ravensbourne, a specialist arts and design institution, has officially launched the first partnership materials library in the country.
  • IFLA Green Library Award winner announced
    The Little Sun Ecological Library in Mexico has won the award for a library where 'sustainability was in the soul of the project' from the beginning.
  • SCONUL Design Awards shortlist announced
    SCONUL has announced those libraries shortlisted for the 2016 Library Design Awards.
  • School library design can improve education
    An opinion piece from Singapore on the observation of student behaviour in the library and why we need to put the student at the centre of library design.
  • Arcadia gets the 'Manchester Look'
    The new Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre, Levenshulme, Manchester has opened with a bright, welcoming open plan neighbourhood library interior design.
  • SLA Inspiration Award open for entries
    The sponsored award recognises inspiring library design in primary and secondary schools, and now runs biennially.
  • Library building awards announced
    The American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association have announced the seven recipients of the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.
  • Lancaster's new shelving
    Forster Ecospace has released photos of the new shelving layout for the recently remodelled Lancaster University Library.
  • Visualising library enquiries - a graphic arts project
    Wissens­kosmos is a public real-time visualisation of enquiry activities inside the Saxon State and University Library Dresden.
  • £2.3m for Welsh libraries, museums and archives
    Libraries, museums and archives in Wales will benefit from over £2.3million Welsh Government funding to develop and enhance their services.
  • Architect Zaha Hadid dies
    British architect Zaha Hadid has died aged 65, following a sudden heart attack in Miami.
  • Science Museum opens new Research Centre and Library
    The Science Museum formally launches its new Dana Research Centre and Library on 31st March at its inaugural conference celebrating the Museum’s research community.
  • New library for Holborn
    U+I, the regeneration developer, is to partner with Camden Council to redevelop Holborn Library and Cockpit Yard, creating a new destination for Holborn.
  • Integrated library, theatre and cinema for Chester
    A new £37m arts and cultural centre will open in Chester next year, to be named Storyhouse.
  • A tale of two Sydneys
    Coincidentally, plans have been revealed for the new civic centre and library in Sydney, Australia and options for the library in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
  • Restoring the world's oldest library
    The ancient al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez isn’t just the oldest library in Africa. Founded in 859, it’s the oldest working library in the world.
  • Idea Stores - still thriving
    Writing for the CILIP blog, Kate Pitman argues that the innovations introduced by the Idea Stores concept are still relevant in the 21st century.
  • Lancaster University Library remodelled
    The remodelling of the university's main library, with 14,500 sq.m. of interior spaces, is complete, creating a learning facility fit for the 21st Century.
  • IFLA Green Library Award 2016
    IFLA has announced the Green Library Award. Any outstanding Green Library project, initiative or idea may apply for the Award.
  • Dubai to build book-shaped library
    Dubai is to build a library housing millions of books which will be the largest cultural centre in the region when it opens in 2017.
  • New library wing for Essex University
    Two new buildings at Essex University have been completed: a new wing to the Albert Sloman Library and the Silberrad Student Centre.
  • Spring opening for Bicester's new library
    Bicester's brand new library will open its doors to the public on Monday, April 11 as local organisations plan for the future of the growing town.
  • Storing a fine art collection
    Essex University's collection of fine art from Latin America is the latest collection to benefit from custom designed storage and display facilities.
  • The Core, Solihull - opening soon!
    Solihull Council has unveiled ‘The Core’ as the new name for the Central Library, Arts Complex and Solihull Connect building.
  • David Cameron opens school library
    Just before Christmas St John the Evangelist CE Primary School, Carterton, Oxfordshire, had a surprise visit from David Cameron, who opened the new library.
  • Study pods create flexible learning spaces
    Study pods create flexible learning spaces
    A recent project by FG Library & Learning for two campus sites at Bournemouth & Poole College shows how modern design can create flexible learning spaces.