Columbia University's Science and Engineering Library (SEL) has been included in Library Journal's New Landmark Libraries awards for 2012. The library, which opened in 2011, is located in the University's Northwest Corner Building.
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.
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 500 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.