Vanity Fair called the Seattle Public Library’s Rem Koolhaas designed Central library one of architecture’s modern marvels. For 2011, however, the challenge will be effectively running this remarkable library along with all the branches on an extremely tight budget.
A feature article in the Seattle Times details the challenges and explains how a community that loves its libraries plans to deal with the budget shortfall. One generous donor introduced a matching challenge offering $500K if the community can come up with another $500K for a cool million. Makes you think twice about that NPR pledge drive, doesn’t it Seattle?