The extensive survey encompasses multi-use spaces, renovations and restorations, and innovative thinking in the reuse of existing structures. It covers the 107 public library capital projects and 19 academic buildings completed between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012.

It notes the trend towards more open spaces, co-located civic services and external partnerships. There are eight short image galleries accessible from the link on this page.

The feature is accompanied by a database summarising the cost, footprint, seating and book capacity. There is also a six year summary of new and renovated libraries across the US for the past six years.