Thirteen libraries recognized in American Libraries’ 2020 Library Design Showcase

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/01/2020


Phil Morehart

Senior Editor

American Libraries Magazine


CHICAGO — Thirteen new and renovated libraries—and the architecture firms that designed them—have been recognized in American Libraries’ 2020 Library Design Showcase, which appears in the magazine’s September/October issue and is available online today.

In its 32nd annual iteration, the showcase honors innovative and interesting constructions that effectively address library user needs in the United States and Canada. To have been considered, new constructions, renovations, and expansions had to have been completed between May 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020. This year’s highlighted projects—a mix of public, academic, and special libraries—were all finished before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered buildings around the globe.

This year’s recognized libraries are:

Charles Library at Temple University in Philadelphia

Architects: Snøhetta; Stantec


The Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho

Architect: RATIO


Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore

Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners, Sandra Vicchio and Associates, Ayers Saint Gross


Hesburgh Library at University of Notre Dame in Indiana

Architects: Shepley Bulfinch; Alliance Architects


Library Learning Center at Texas Southern University in Houston

Architect: Moody Nolan


Lutnick Library at Haverford (Pa.) College

Architect: Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects


Lyons (Colo.) Community Library

Architect: RATIO


Newport Beach (Calif.) Public Library, Corona Del Mar branch

Architect: WLC Architects


Pierson Library in Shelburne, Vermont

Architect: Vermont Integrated Architecture


Providence (R.I.) Public Library

Architect: designLAB Architects


Toledo–Lucas County (Ohio) Public Library, Main Library

Architect: HBM Architects


Toronto (Ont.) Public Library, North York Central Library

Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects


Union County (S.C.) Carnegie Library

Architect: McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture


Other inspiring architecture and design content in American Libraries’ September/October 2020 issue includes a feature about how pandemic-responsive design is merging future-facing innovations with present-day needs, and an excerpt from Encoding Space: Shaping Learning Environments that Unlock Human Potential by Brian Mathews and Leigh Ann Soistmann (ACRL, 2016).

Be sure to listen to Episode 53 of the Dewey Decibel podcast (, which highlights stories related to architecture and design.