In the May 2013 issue of Spectrum, we asked members: “What is your favorite library building, space, or area?” Many members not only sent us a response, but they also included photos. Following are some of AALL members’ favorite library spaces and places.
The New York Public Library’s main branch—the Stephen A. Schwarzman building.
Submitted by Associate Dean for Information Services, Director of the Law Library, and Associate Professor of Law Courtney Selby, JD, MLIS, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University Law Library, Hempstead, New York.
The main reading room at Ave Maria Law Library in Naples, Florida.
Submitted by Ulysses Jaen, head of public services at Ave Maria School of Law Library.
The reference desk at Southern Illinois University Law Library in Carbondale.
Submitted by Artie Berns, a 3L at SIU.
The Stephen C. O’Connell reading room at the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center in Gainesville, Florida.
Submitted by Shira Megerman, student services reference librarian at the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center.
The Mirror Lake branch of the St. Petersburg, Florida, Public Library.
Submitted by Wanita Scroggs, JD, MLIS, international law librarian and adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law’s Dolly and Homer Hand Law Library in Gulfport, Florida.
The reading room on the second floor of the Charles B. Sears Law Library, State University of New York at Buffalo.
Submitted by Nefeli Soteriou, associate for instructional production services at Charles B. Sears Law Library.
The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. The library has an incredible space on the 22nd floor of the courthouse with an entry overlooking the Arch and the Mississippi River.
Submitted by Ann Fessenden, circuit librarian at the U.S. Courts Library 8th Circuit.
The Reading Room of the Goodson Law Library at Duke Law School, Durham, North Carolina. The top photo shows a group of first-year students on the morning their major brief assignment was due. The bottom photo shows another 1L group, taken from the reading room mezzanine. What the photos don’t show are the clusters of students at other tables, many in their pajamas, after a long night in the library. Submitted by Kristina Alayan, Jane Bahnson, Jennifer Behrens, Melanie Dunshee, Kelly Leong, Marguerite Most, and Laura Scott, reference librarians at Goodson Law Library, and Courtney Davis, video services specialist.