Valente Library-03

2021 AIA/ALA Library Building Award Recipient Valente Library, Cambridge, Mass., William Rawn Associates Architects

Libraries are more than learning centers—they’re also enduring examples of architectural excellence. Every year, the AIA is proud to partner with the American Library Association/Library Leadership and Management Association to honor the best in library architecture and design.

The AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are the only awards that recognize entire library structures and all aspects of their design.

  • The award is open to all types of libraries that permit public access.
  • The library must be in service before entry and completed no earlier than January 1, 2017.  
  • Any architect licensed in the United States may enter.
  • New construction, renovations, restorations, conversion to library use, and interior redesign and refurbishing are eligible.
  • Projects may be located anywhere in the world.

Image credits

Valente Library-03

Robert Benson Photography