One of the reasons I became a librarian was that I just like library buildings so much. All the libraries I've worked or studied in have been fantastic (with, perhaps, the exception of Christchurch Central, which has undergone some rennovations over the last few years, and might not be quite the hot and smelly barn that it used to be).
Anyway, it seems as if the trend of groovy library buildings around NZ is set to continue, with no less than five libraries appearing in the finals of this year's NZ Architecture Awards...
...with two of those (Paraparaumu
& Christchurch South Library
) going on to win 2 of the 5 supreme awards. More info about the awards here
, and some news items here