Wall Street Journal Names New Shaw Library One of the Best Buildings in 2010
In an article praising the innovative civic buildings opened in 2010, The Wall Street Journal named the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library as one of the year’s best.
The article listed the library along with the MIT Media Lab and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Journal noted that the library’s architecture is part of national trend that, “says much about the priorities and the programs going on inside libraries, where media-related services, community meeting spaces and teen rooms are becoming the norm as the former safe havens for books and bookworms turn themselves into interactive civic centers.”
Designed by the architect firm of Davis Brody Bond Aedas, the new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library is approximately 22,000 square feet and features space for 80,000 books, DVDs, CDs and other library materials; 32 public access computers with free Wi-Fi Internet access; comfortable seating for 200 customers; a large programming room for up to 100 people; two conference rooms; and a vending area.
"The Wall Street Journal's praise is a great end to a banner year in the library's transformation,” says Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the DC Public Library. "Since we began improving libraries, District residents have visited and checked out books in numbers not seen here in decades. Now people across the country know that the nation's capital has world-class libraries."