Planning Optimal Library Spaces: Principles, Process, and Practices demystifies library space planning, inspires creative thinking, and offers immediate how-to steps to rectify seemingly hopeless situations. It describes an approach to library space planning that introduces and combines a phased implementation strategy with traditional space planning to allow library transformations and renovations to be done as a single project or a series of smaller, separate, and more manageable phased interventions. It allows libraries to meet current needs sooner, as smaller funding opportunities arise, instead of waiting on completely funded projects to develop.
Chapters cover the approach, the importance of community engagement meetings, collection storage strategies, the anatomy of a library project budget, recommendations for getting started, and case studies of both public and academic library planning projects with detailed phasing strategies.
Printed in full color with 148 images, this is a must-have book for librarians, architects, government/education administrators, and anyone involved with, or even thinking about a library planning or renovation project.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 880 g
Dimensions: 290 x 219 x 18 mm
An insightful `must read' which provides a pragmatic library space planning framework for the experienced and the emerging new generation of library space planners. The reader is introduced to a road map approach with an emphasis on phased and flexible space planning. Also, a myriad of elements that need to be considered along the road map journey make this a valuable resource for all to consult. -- Elizabeth A. Titus, dean of the library, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Quotes and case studies highlight the success of the road map approach to renewing library space in bite-sized, budget-friendly chunks. Recommended for anyone working to keep academic and public library facilities relevant and responsive to the changing needs of their user communities. -- Charles G. Forrest, principal, 21CL Consulting, LLC