Three Phoenix Public Library Branches Named New Landmark Libraries

May 19, 2011

Library Journal has named three Phoenix Public Library branches New Landmark Libraries:  Palo Verde Library (4402 N. 51st Ave.), Cesar Chavez Library (3635 W. Baseline Rd.) and Agave Library (23550 N. 36th Ave.).

According to the online version of Library Journal, the New Landmark Libraries “raise the bar as they respond to trends in green design and shifts in service models.”  From a national pool of nominations, a panel of 16 judges chose ten New Landmark Libraries and ten Honorable Mentions.  Phoenix Public Library is the only library system in the nation to have three facilities named.

Nominees were evaluated on overall design and construction excellence, response to community context and constraints, sustainability, functionality, innovation, and beauty and delight.  Judges focused on libraries built or renovated in the last six years.

Co-founded in 1876 by Melvil Dewey, the inventor of the Dewey decimal system, Library Journal” is a trade publication for librarians.  It reports news about the library world, covering technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns, as well as offering numerous book reviews each month.

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