Library Design Showcase 2012：American Libraries’ annual review of the best in new and renovated library facilities
全文有12个部分：Youth Spaces、The Outdoor Library、Technology Enabled、Reuse and Restoration、Service Flexibility、Building for Accessibility、Super Schools、Green Facilities、Small Projects, Big Impact、Finding Your Way、Collaborative Learning、The Shape of Things。其中的设计案例大多为公共图书馆。这里挑选大学图书馆设计案例如下：
1、Library Design Showcase 2012：The Outdoor Library
A library’s building is important, but its exterior can be as well. Many libraries have found ways to integrate the outdoors into their regular services. The following libraries have all found ways to give their patrons the opportunity to enjoy the library and the fresh air at the same time.
↗ North Carolina State University, D. H. Hill Library, Raleigh
The Outdoor Library：One-time funds allowed NCSU to renovate the west wing of the Hill Library. The terrace, which had sat vacant for decades, now provides 54 seats at tables or lounging chairs, with power outlets throughout the space. The renovation also created a technology sandbox with large-scale display and gesture-based computing tools, a silent reading room, and a Creamery offering ice cream and snacks.
↗ University of California at Berkeley School of Law Library
The Outdoor Library：The addition to the University of California at Berkeley’s law library included a rooftop garden above a three-story structure. Two of those stories are underground, but skylights direct natural light down to them from the plaza level. The project also created a new west-facing terrace that connects to an existing plaza that serves as a key campus meeting point.
2、Library Design Showcase 2012：Technology Enabled
Librarians know that technology is as much a part of the modern library as books are. The following facilities have incorporated technology into their construction projects in innovative ways.
↗ University of Akron, Ohio, Bierce Library
Technology Enabled：Bierce Library’s renovation is intended to create a contemporary learning commons that facilitates interaction between students and staff and provides easier access to information through the use of technology. An emerging technology lab houses hands-on exhibitions of the latest technology, while the technology-enhanced formal learning studio supports problem-based learning and multimodal instruction.
↗ North Carolina State University, D. H. Hill Library, Raleigh
Technology Enabled：The renovation of the Hill Library created spaces with extensive power outlets to support students with laptops. The outdoor terrace has seating for 54 with power outlets around the entire space, including in the railing. The silent reading room seats 70 and has outlets in floorboxes and the exterior glass wall. A technology sandbox area offers access to large-scale display and gesture-based computing tools.
↗ New York University, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
Technology Enabled：The renovation of the fourth and fifth floors of Bobst Library into a Graduate Research Commons created a space tailored for digitally equipped users that will serve as a template for future phases of the library’s renovation. The commons includes a digital studio with powerful software for audiovisual projects, and a Data Services Studio with equipment focused on geographic information system data and mapping. Both are enclosed with wood and glass partitions to provide security while maintaining visual continuity with the rest of the library.
3、Library Design Showcase 2012：Reuse and Restoration
It’s not always feasible to update an existing building for use as a library rather than constructing new, but when it is possible it has the potential to save money, reduce environmental impact, and preserve pieces of local history. The following libraries have all successfully transformed existing spaces—some libraries, some not—to suit current and coming needs.
↗ University of Toronto, Robarts Library
Reuse and Restoration：With its imposing size, exposed concrete, and hard surfaces, Robarts Library is a formidable example of the brutalist school of architecture of the 1970s. It regularly appears on both most- and least-loved building lists in Toronto. The most recent phase of a multi-year upgrade added a new entry on the south side and two porticos that transformed a little-used second-story lobby into a welcoming arrival hall.
4、Library Design Showcase 2012：Service Flexibility
Library needs change as service populations shift, technology marches on, and ideas for new services blossom. These changes can happen over years, but they can also happen day-to-day as patrons seek a venue to serve their needs of the moment. The following buildings have built-in flexibility to adapt to what their patrons require.
↗ Angelo State University, Porter Henderson Library, San Angelo, Texas
Service Flexibility：The renovation of the Porter Henderson Library created a number of niches throughout the building, each housing one to six students, as well as areas with movable furniture that allow users to create meeting spaces and reconfigure library zones. Classroom space provides computer connectivity for 32 students, but can also be modified for speakers, lectures, or small study groups.
↗ New York University, New York City, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
Service Flexibility：The renovation of Bobst Library’s fourth and fifth floors into a Graduate Research Commons is centered around a large reading room with fixed and movable tables in a number of shapes to encourage collaborative study. Zones become less interactive away from the reading room, with rooms for small groups and individuals, as well as consultation rooms where faculty can advise students in teams or singly.
↗ University of British Columbia Faculty of Law at Allard Hall, Vancouver
Service Flexibility：Dedicated group-study rooms and open casual-study space are located adjacent to the library in Allard Hall. The building has opened itself for the entire university population, not just the law school: A wood-clad atrium is equipped with retractable seats and can be used as a lecture hall, for fundraising events, or as a moot court. Classrooms are designed with horseshoe seating to encourage debate and collaborative learning.
5、Library Design Showcase 2012: Building for Accessibility
Ensuring that all people can use a library regardless of age, background, or physical ability is one of the profession's central tenets. These projects have put special effort into making sure that the finished building is accessible to all.
↗ East Central College, Beuscher Hall, Library and Learning Center, Union, Missouri
Building for Accessibility：The existing library in Beuscher Hall was a multi-level space that provided little natural light. To improve accessibility to people with limited mobility, the renovation in-filled large depressed sections of the floor and removed interior demising walls to create an open floor plan. Specialized rooms for group and private study, testing services, adaptive labs, and instruction ring the perimeter of the space.
↗ Greenfield (Mass.) Community College Library
Building for Accessibility：Greenfield Community College is the only institute of higher education in its county. The renovation and expansion of the campus Core, which includes the library and several other services, eliminated a physical and emotional barrier to entry in the form of a 44-step staircase at the main entrance. A patio replaced the stairs, and elevator access from the ground floor enables access to any space within the building. Extensive use of glass allows natural light into the library, offering views of the surrounding area to library patrons and inviting people into the building.