The Society for Campus and University Planning held its 42nd annual conference in Chicago this week. The Chronicle of Higher Education has been covering the conference and today had a couple of articles about university libraries.
First was a report on a huge library renovation at Ohio State in Columbus. The University is spending $108 million, but selling the renovation to faculty members was difficult because the building will hold fewer books when finished. You can read more about it in the Chronicle's Buildings and Grounds blog.
Second was a commentary by Andrew Holleran entitled "In Search of the Perfect Library" in which he discusses how even a beautiful academic library is a gilded cage for students forced to spend time there.