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Beautiful Libraries are Getting Noticed

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

“There’s so much more to a book than just reading.” – Maurice Sendak

We are all aware that the libraries of today are well beyond books, they serve the community in many other ways. What use to be known as a quiet environment, is now a gathering place. There are now ‘teen spaces’ in libraries as well as meeting rooms for community use. The use of ultra modern designs are widely being incorporated into library buildings making them a unique focal point.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services released a report focusing on the uptick of visitors to libraries when money is spent on building and renovations. As a matter of fact, the report also showed that when money wasn’t being invested, visitation dropped.

Wired, a monthly magazine which is published in both print and online, recently did a feature on “Settle Into 10 of the Most Beautiful Libraries on Earth”. Wired spotlights on how emerging technologies are affecting our economy, politics and culture. This article featured two libraries Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark and Stormen Public Library in Bodø, Norway which both included BCI Modern Library Furniture.

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Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark

Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark

Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark


Stormen Public Library in Bodø, Norway


Stormen Public Library in Bodø, Norway

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18 Nov 2016 no comments / READ MORE

Exquisite Libraries in the United States

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

Tech Insider recently did a piece on ‘The most beautiful library in each US state’. The Cedar Rapids Public Library was included in the story as Iowa’s most beautiful library. Back in February of this year, we featured an article on this library which included BCI Modern Library Furniture’s 60/30 Radius Steel Shelving –  The Cedar Rapids Public Library was in a group of six awardees of the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.

Cedar Rapids PL

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18 Aug 2016 no comments / READ MORE

The Rising Popularity of Public Libraries

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

InfographicHere’s a fast fact – Did you know that more people visit their public library each year in Massachusetts than attend Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox games combined? [1]

Yes, it’s true! Libraries are cool!

Libraries are evolving into more than just a place to check out a book or rent a video. Libraries are serving as a hub for communities. Gone are the days of having to stay quiet in a library. The transformation that is taking place is simply amazing.

The graphic on the right shows that Americans feel libraries provide a significant benefit to their communities for supplying them with resource materials and advocating literacy.  Best of all – they are free!

Not only are books a large part of the library, but technology is just as important. Patrons come in with their smartphones, tablets, and laptops and require wi-fi and USB ports.  With these evolving technologies, furniture with built-in outlets and USB ports can provide the user access to all the information right at their fingertips.

The recent economic downturn sent people searching for jobs to their local libraries to utilize the Internet services and reference materials. According to the Information Policy and Access Center (IPAC), 77.5% of libraries provide support with creating resumes. Public libraries have been joining forces with institutions and organizations at the local, state and national level to strengthen their ability to assist job seekers by offering career services.

The Pew Research Center reported that the younger population, ages 16-29, are becoming regular patrons of their local libraries.  They are finding libraries are a great place to go online, study or just meet friends.[2]

Libraries are rebuilding or renovating their layout and interior design. Library furniture needs to be high quality, comfortable and provide flexibility to support the current information technology age. Children’s areas need to be equipped with furniture that is age appropriate and designed to elevate the library experience. Many libraries also serve their communities with meeting space and classrooms and require tables, chairs and even podiums. Library café’s are also gaining in popularity – who doesn’t like to enjoy a cup of coffee while studying, working or chatting with friends.

So, what’s in store for the future of libraries – here’s one more quick fact from the American Library Association ‘Americans go to school, public and academic libraries more than three times more often than they go to the movies’.

Libraries are here to stay.Library card

BCI Modern Library Furniture offers unique furniture options for creating the 21st century library. For more information on planning and designing your library, contact us today.


[1] Hopkinton Public Library, Libraries in the Digital Age, 2016

[2]  Pew Research Center, ‘Younger Americans and Public Libraries, 9/10/2014

19 Apr 2016 no comments / READ MORE

2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Award Winner Features BCI

Posted by Tracy Lenok in Uncategorized


Among the six awardees of the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards was the Cedar Rapids Public Library.  These awards,  which are governed jointly by a division of the ALA, the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA),  embolden superiority in architectural planning and designing of libraries.  These new modern library designs are needed to accommodate the needs of the community and bring libraries into the 21st century.

After the disastrous flood of 2008, the Cedar Rapids Public Library was completely destroyed.  Five years later, the new modern Cedar Rapids Public Library opened its doors. In addition to the building encompassing the green building certification program known as the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum Requirements, BCI Modern Library Furniture was selected to provide shelving.  The product chosen, our 60/30 Radius Steel Shelving, is a flexible shelving system which can be used to create a variety of solutions.  Click this link – Cedar Rapids PL Layout to see the layout of the shelving – there is a multitude of arrangements the 60/60 Radius Steel Shelving can produce.

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01 Feb 2016 no comments / READ MORE