New Hampshire State Library Undergoing Major Renovation

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 08/24/2009 - 20:47

Wind shook the windowpanes and water dripped from the skylights. Collapsing plaster ceilings forced employees to take shelter under tables, all in the finest building ever erected by the state of New Hampshire, its library. Recently work began to renovate the first state library in the nation, a pink-and-gray granite Italian Renaissance structure on Park Street. The effects of decades of deferred maintenance are slowly being erased.

Renovation or Wreckage?

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 08/17/2009 - 08:50

A library which underwent a £430,000 revamp has had to close after less than a week after cracks appeared in the building's ceiling.

The library in Euxton, Lancashire (UK), had reopened last Monday, but was forced to shut on Friday to enable essential repairs to take place.

Users have been told they can access services at other county libraries.

Julie Bell, from the Lancashire County Library and Information Service, said the closure was "regrettable". BBC reports.

NY's Donnell Library: Spartan Beauty or a Plain Old Beast?

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 08/14/2009 - 08:56

Does the exterior of a library matter...or only what's inside?

This article from NY Times Real Estate section asks rhetorically, "IS the 1955 Donnell Library on Manhattan's West 53rd Street a rare piece of midcentury Modernism? Or an empty suit of expressionless masonry?"

As the vacant building heads toward demolition in two years, a cadre of preservationists still hope to convince the Landmarks Preservation Commission that the limestone facade is not a nothing, but a something.

Après Le Deluge...

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 08/10/2009 - 17:33

Louisville's isn't the only public library recovering from flood conditions.

A sprinkler system test went bad Friday in the city of Fort Lauderdale's main Library, causing extensive damage to the downtown facility. Crews over the weekend used dehumidifiers and fans to clean the place up.

Unlike Louisville's mess though, library officials say only two comic books were damaged. Wow, lucky.

Louisville Main Library Makes Temporary Move

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 08/07/2009 - 11:56

The flood-ravaged Main Library remained without power Friday as staff prepared to move offices to the nearby Heyburn Building.

Owners of the high-rise offices a half-block from the Main Library have agreed to provide temporary space for free on the 13th floor, Louisville Free Public Library Director Craig Buthod said.

A Solar Powered Library in Taipei

Submitted by barland1 on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 13:56

Taiwan has begun construction on a solar-powered library in the
Taiwanese capital of Taipei and could benefit from new incentives designed to offer solar energy providers above-market prices for the energy they generate. Rooftop solar panels will provide electricity to the two-story building. Library users will also be able to enter the building and return and borrow books on a 24-hour basis using Easy Cards, a smartcard system used primarily to pay fares on Taipei's public transport system.