Twelve libraries recognized in American Libraries’ 2023 Library Design Showcase

For Immediate Release
Fri, 09/01/2023


Megan Bennett

Associate Editor

American Libraries


CHICAGO — Twelve new and renovated libraries, and their architects, have been recognized in American Libraries’ 2023 Library Design Showcase, which appears in the magazine’s September/October issue, available online today.

Now in its 35th year, the showcase honors constructions and renovations across the US that address patron needs in exciting and effective ways. All projects featured in this year’s selection were completed between May 1, 2022, and April 30, 2023. The buildings—a mix of public and academic libraries—demonstrate how libraries are adapting spaces to people, programming, and the environment.

This year’s recognized libraries are:

Albuquerque Bernalillo County (N.Mex.) Library System, International District branch

Architect: RMKM Architecture

Bullitt County (Ky.) Public Library, Central Library in Shepherdsville

Architect: Omni Architects 

Central Piedmont Community College, Hagemeyer Library in Charlotte, North Carolina

Architects: Morris-Berg Architects, Moody Nolan

Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Ohio) Public Library, Walnut Hills branch

Architects: Fishbeck, Interior Project Management

Contra Costa County (Calif.) Library, Pleasant Hill branch

Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Frisco (Tex.) Public Library

Architect: Gensler

Kanawha County (W.Va.) Public Library, Main Library in Charleston

Architect: Silling Architects

Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, New York

Architects: Bermello Ajamil & Partners, JR Keller

New Canaan (Conn.) Library

Architect: Centerbrook Architects and Planners

Ramapo College of New Jersey, Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons in Mahwah

Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

San Mateo County (Calif.) Libraries, Atherton branch

Architect: WRNS Studio

University of Alabama, Angelo Bruno Business Library in Tuscaloosa
Architect: B Group Architecture 

For more information about American Libraries’ Library Design Showcase or to view past selections, visit

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