Hofstra University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of The Axinn Library throughout 2017. As part of the year-long celebration, students are asked to submit creative logo designs for the library that incorporate the theme “Brutal Library.”
“The idea behind the logo competition is to involve students in the celebration of the library’s architecture,” said Geri Solomon, Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archivist.
The Axinn Library building opened in 1967 and is an award-winning example of the Brutalist style. A major feature of Brutalism is incorporating the construction of a building into its design. Axinn, for example, has exposed concrete, steel and waffle ceilings.
“One purpose of an academic library is to store knowledge and quality information,” said Sarah McCleskey, Head of Access Services. “But I like to think we also provide access to that knowledge – and in a really interesting building.
Donald E. Axinn ’75, for whom the library was named for in 1987, was a real estate mogul, aviator, and Hofstra graduate and trustee. Solomon, who knew him well, said Axinn loved libraries and poetry. In fact, the library currently houses a number of his written works.
“The Axinn Library is the heart of campus,” said Solomon. “It’s where students come together to study things they are passionate about. Axinn was always a very forward-thinking person who loved the inquisitive nature of students. I think he would be excited to see what designs students come up with for the logo.”
Logo submissions will be judged by a panel with representatives from Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, University Relations, the Department of Fine Arts, Art History, the Hofstra University Museum, and the University Library. All submissions are due Sunday, January 22. The judging will begin on Monday, January 23, and a winner will be announced by Friday, January 27. The winner of the logo contest will receive a $100 gift card from the Hofstra University Bookstore.
Additional programming to celebrate the dedication of The Axinn Library building will include a symposium in the fall semester of 2017. Peter Chadwick, author of This Brutal World (Phaedon, 2016), has been confirmed to speak at the symposium (details to come). For more information about The Axinn Library and its Brutalist style, click here. And for information about the logo competition, click here.