The New Landmark Library project, introduced in 2011, identifies trendsetting library buildings and spaces that represent overall design and construction excellence. Functionality, sustainability, innovation, and response to the community are other factors considered by the panel of judges appointed by Library Journal. Honorable mention was awarded to SEL for its redefinition of library space for the 21st century, its inclusion of group and collaboration workspaces, as well as for its in-person and virtual research support.
The building and library were designed by architect Rafale Moneo Valles Arquitecto. Librarians and space planners from around the world continue to visit the library and Columbia students and researchers flock there to work in the bright, comfortable, and technically advanced space.
Submissions for the 2012 New Landmark Libraries were solicited for academic libraries constructed between 2007 and 2011. Staff members at SEL went through an extensive application process that involved submitting photos, video, floor plans, letters of support, as well as six essays.
For more information on the awards, visit the July issue of Library Journal online.