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AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

To encourage excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries, the AIA and the American Library Association/Library Leadership and Management Association created this award to distinguish accomplishments in library architecture.




All entries must be designed by architects licensed in the United States. The projects may be built anywhere in the world and the program is open to all types of libraries that permit public access. The library must be in service prior to entry in this program as well as being completed no earlier than 2011. 

Awards may be given for new buildings, additions, renovations, restorations, conversion to library use, and interior redesign and refurbishing. Each entry will be judged for the success with which the project has met its individual requirements. Entries are weighed individually, not in competition with each other.

Project authorship will remain concealed throughout the deliberations of the jury. If the authorship is revealed on any of the images, plans, or narrative, the entry will be disqualified.

2016 Call for Entries

View the 2016 Call for Entries

2016 Deadline & Entry Fee

The deadline for submissions is January, 15, 2016. All deadlines are strictly observed.

A non-refundable entry fee of of $400.00 must be paid online.

2016 Jury


Lynn S. Grossman, AIA (Chair)
Cannon Design
St. Louis

Bradd Brown, AIA
OPN Architects, Inc.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kathleen Imhoff
Building Consultant
Lexington, Kentucky

Ryan E. Kanteres, AIA
Scott Simons Architects
Portland, Maine

Susan Parker
UCLA Library
Los Angeles

Darro Willey
Library Facilities Consultant
Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Submission Preview

Carefully review the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Submission Preview before submitting your payment. You can go back and edit your submission until the deadline once you have started but no refunds will be issued for submissions that are disqualified, late or incomplete.

Submission Criteria

Project Description/Narrative

Full Project and Sustainable Design Information required can be found in the Submission Preview on pages 19 – 21.

Digital Images and Drawings
Project images must be submitted in a single .PDF file not to exceed 10 MB and 26 pages.

Preservation/Restoration Projects (if applicable) may add an additional two pages (not to exceed 28 pages total) to provide the jury with sufficient information to differentiate between the original architects’ work and the newly altered, preserved, or restored work.

It is your responsibility to make sure the architect's name and/or firm name is not revealed on any of the images, file names, plans, or narratives. Failure to follow this requirement will automatically disqualify the entry.

When possible, images should include the building in use.

Required Uploads

Additional Tips

    • Composite pages are acceptable.

    • Text/notes on images/drawings are allowed.

    • Indicate the scale used on any drawings or plans.

    • Use of the maximum page limit is strongly recommended.

    • Consistent use of either a horizontal or portrait landscape is encouraged throughout the submission.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I have to start and finish my submission in one session?
No. You can start your submission and come back to finish it before the deadline date of 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

What if I want to make changes to my entry after I have completed my submission?
You can enter the system at any time to edit or update your submission before the deadline date prior to 5:00 pm, Eastern Time.

How will I know my submission has been received?
Upon submitting your entry, you will receive a confirmation e-mail message containing your submission details.

What should I do if I did not receive a confirmation e-mail containing my submission details?

First, check your junk mail folder – the most likely problem is that your spam filter sent the e-mail from to your junk mail. You should change your account settings to accept future e-mail from us. If it did not go into your junk mail folder, please contact for assistance.

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Elizabeth Henry
Director, AIA Awards
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20006


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