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Photo provided by Sonya T. Gordon -- East Baton Rouge Parish Library staff members read about the Main Library at Goodwood’s 2015 New Landmark Library award in the Library Journal’s fall 2015 issue of Library by Design magazine. From left are Barbara Roos, Teen Library Services coordinator; Andrew Tadman, Reference and Computer Services coordinator; Library Director Spencer Watts; Lori Juge, Branch Service coordinator; and Assistant Library Director Mary Stein.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library System’s Main Library at Goodwood has been recognized with four national design awards, a news release said.

The three-story, 126,000-square-foot building was designed by the Library Design Collaborative, a joint venture of Dewberry, Cockfield Jackson Architects and Tipton Associates.

The Library Journal’s 2015 New Landmark Library award honors innovative and outstanding design and for helping inform and inspire those renovating or building a library, the release said.

“The Landmark Library designation is a relatively new award with a very rigorous and highly competitive application process; only 11 libraries were awarded this honor,” EBRP Library Director Spencer Watts said. “The most important thing to note is that the award is not for how the building looks but how it functions … providing wonderful spaces for engagement, access and discovery.”

The American Institute of Architects Rose Award for outstanding design and function recognizes and celebrates design excellence by local architects.

The design team worked with the city’s library and park systems to develop the new Main Library.

The library also received Engineering News-Record magazine’s Best Government/Public Buildings Project and Best Overall Project of the Year for the five-state region of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

ENR’s Regional Best 2015 Projects honor the best construction projects and the companies that designed and built them in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.