Robert Benson Photography Valente Library in Cambridge, Mass., by William Rawn Associates, Architects

Today, The American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association announced the 2021 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards winners, honoring five libraries in the United States that exemplify "design achievement, including a sense of place, purpose, ecology, environmental sustainability, and of history," according to an AIA press release.

The jury for the 2021 ALA/ALA Library Building Awards comprised chair Elaine Molinar, AIA, Snøhetta in New York; Teri Canada, AIA, Evoke Studio Architecture in Durham, N.C.; Jennie West, AIA, Studio West in New Orleans; Sarah Meilleur, Calgary Public Library in Calgary, Alberta; Sharon Bostick, SLB Planning in Chicago; and Kris Johnson, Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.

The Winning Projects

Gabe Border

Arizona State Library Hayden Library Reinvention in Tempe, Ariz., designed by Ayers Saint Gross

Randy Crando

Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library Renovation in Boston, designed by Utile

Halkin/Mason Photography

Sunset Park Library in New York, designed by Leroy Street Studio Architecture

Tom Harris

Taylor Street Apartments and Little Italy Branch Library in Chicago, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Robert Benson Photography

Valente Library in Cambridge, Mass., designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects

See more winners of the 2021 AIA Honor Awards here.