The Mission Library has been recently awarded the 2015 AIA (American Institute of Architects)/ALA (American Library Association) Library Building Award. The AIA and the ALA created this award to distinguish accomplishments in library architecture. The honor is meant to encourage excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries. Local architects Muñoz and Co. designed the Mission Library branch was designed as part of the 2007 city’s bond package, and was built to high energy-efficient standards. Designers and city officials strived to ensure that the library campus would set a positive example for the community in the way of sustainability.
Aside from operating near the former Mission Drive-in, the library branch is located near the historic Mission San Jose and Mission County Park as well as the popular, fast-growing Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Walk. City officials and community members say that since its opening, the Mission Library has been a catalyst and model for new development along the newly formed Roosevelt Avenue Corridor district. Public input was collected to help guide the design and the library services offered at the branch library. “As community gathering places, it is important for libraries to be functional as well as offer inspirational spaces,” said SAPL Director Ramiro Salazar said in a press release. “Library buildings should enhance the community landscape though their design. We are so proud to share this prestigious award with Muñoz and Co. and the city of San Antonio team who delivered the project.”
Jury comments regarding the award included: “This project merges the clean, elegant lines of modern architecture with the historical sensibilities of south Texas,” and “The building is intrinsically connected to its location through its use of local materials, and outstanding attention to detail executed by local artisans employing traditional design motifs and old-world craftsmanship.”