Library Building Awards Committee Files, 1951-2007
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Brief Description:

Files of Library Building Awards Committee (1951-2007) contains applications and nominations for libraries entered in the competition for the joint ALA/American Institute of Architects (AIA) biennial award for excellence in architectural design and planning, entry forms, microfiche of entries (1983, 1985), specifications, floor plans, elevation sketches, and photographs for state, county/regional, public, branch, university, college, junior college, elementary school, high school, special collection, church and hospital libraries.

Note: a listing of award winners from 1963-1993 can be found in the American Library Association Institutional Respository:

Held at:
The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 27/10/69
Created by: Buildings and Equipment Section (LAMA), Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)
Volume: 55.7 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 7/12/90; 1/16/91; 9/5/06; Added 5.0 cu. ft. on 9/12/07; Added 12.0 cu. ft. on 11/20/12; 8/28/14; 6/12/2015; 10/14/2015; 1/12/2018; 6/16/2021
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Arrangement: Arranged by library type and alphabetically by state and city thereunder. Boxes 19-54 are arranged by ALA/AIA identifying code alphabetically and numerically thereunder. Boxes 55-56 and 58-60 are arranged by state.
Biographical Note for Buildings and Equipment Section (LAMA) :

The Buildings and Equipment Section is one of seven sections within the Library Administration and Management Association and has been a part of the Division since 1975 (1). Prior to 1957 each of the ALA divisions maintained separate building committees. Chairpersons of the division-level building committees belonged to the ALA Building Committee (so named on February 1, 1952) that was designated the Library Architecture and Building Planning Committee upon its creation in 1932 by the Council (2). The Building and Equipment Section Exercises responsibility for all matters pertaining to aspects of library architecture, including interior design, site selection, building maintenance, plumbing, and planning (3). The Section currently consists of ten Committees and one Discussion Group (4).

Committees and Year Established:

Executive, 1957

Architecture for Public Libraries, 1957

Building for College and University Libraries, 1957

Equipment, 1957

Library Building Awards, 1978

Library Buildings Consultant List (ad hoc), 1980

Nominating, 1988

Nominating, 1989 (Practice of establishing nominating committees for 2 consective years began in 1986)

School Library/Media Facilities, 1976

Standards for Physical Space Requirements for Libraries (ad hoc), 1987

Discussion Group:

Library Facilities Planning, 1988

Subject Index
Architectural Plans
Army Libraries
Buildings, Library
College Libraries
Floor Plans
Library Buildings Award Program
Photographs, Buildings
Public Librarians
University Libraries
Languages of Materials
English [eng]