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The Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whitehall, a recipient of the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.

Libraries are more than learning centers—they’re also enduring examples of architectural excellence. Every year, the AIA is proud to partner with the American Library Association/Library Leadership and Management Association to honor the best in library architecture and design.

The AIA/ALA Library Building Award is the only award that recognizes entire library structures and all aspects of their design.

  • The award is open to all types of libraries that permit public access.
  • The library must be in service before entry and completed no earlier than 2013.  
  • Any architect licensed in the United States may enter.
  • New construction, renovations, restorations, conversion to library use, and interior redesign and refurbishing are eligible.
  • Projects may be located anywhere in the world.

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Brad Feinknopf