Seventeen libraries recognized in American Libraries’ 2018 Library Design Showcase

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/04/2018


Phil Morehart

Associate Editor

American Libraries


Honorees include new buildings, renovations, and expansions in the US and Canada

CHICAGO — Seventeen new and renovated libraries—and the architecture firms that designed them—have been recognized in American Libraries’ 2018 Library Design Showcase, which appears in the magazine’s September/October issue and is available online today here.

The annual feature, celebrating its 30th year, honors innovative and interesting constructions that effectively address library user needs in the United States and Canada. The highlighted projects, a mix of public, academic, school, and special libraries, were completed between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

This year’s recognized libraries are:

Alcuin Library at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota
Architect: CSNA Architects

Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta
Architect: J.W. Robinson and Associates, Inc./Perkins + Will

Austin (Texas) Public Library’s Central Library
Architect: Lake|Flato Architects/Shepley Bulfinch

Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, New York
Architect: King + King Architects

Dayton (Ohio) Metro Library’s Main Library
Architect: LWC Incorporated/Group 4

Forsyth County (North Carolina) Central Library
Architect: RATIO

John M. Olin Library at Washington University in St. Louis
Architect: Ann Beha Architects

Joplin (Missouri) Public Library
Architect: Sapp Design Architects/OPN

K. O. Lee Aberdeen (South Dakota) Public Library
Architect: CO-OP Architecture/MSR

Learning Resource Center at Suffolk County (New York) Community College
Architect: ikon.5

Louisville (Kentucky) Free Public Library’s South Central Regional Library
Architect: JRA Architects/MSR

North Stafford (Virginia) High School Library
Architect: Stantec

R. Howard Webster Library of Concordia University Library in Montreal
Architect: Menkes Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes

Richland Library Ballentine in Irmo, South Carolina
Architect: Liollio Architecture

Richland Library St. Andrews in Columbia, South Carolina
Architect: Liollio Architecture

Route 9 Library and Innovation Center in New Castle, Delaware
Architect: Perkins + Will/Tetra Tech

St. Louis University Academic Technology Commons
Architect: RATIO

Other inspiring architecture and design content in American Libraries’ September/October 2018 issue includes the 2018 American Library Association/American Institute of Architects Library Building Awards, ideas for library renovations on a budget, considerations for converting nonlibrary spaces, and graphic design tips for librarians.

Be sure to listen to the Dewey Decibel podcast’s design–themed August 31 episode (, hosted by American Libraries Associate Editor Phil Morehart and featuring 2018 Library Design Showcase honorees Perkins + Will and Sapp Design Architects.