Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Library Architecture : Library Design, Construction, Addition and Renovation

Whether institutions or communities are considering building a new library or adding to or renovating the library that already exists, library architecture and design are of primary importance. As written at the Whole Building Design Guide:

"... Internet access, electronic media, computer technology, and other forms of modern-day advancements have had a profound effect on the function and design of libraries. As a result, library design must take into account all of the issues that may affect its use in the future. Incorporating flexibility and adaptability in the design, planning, and construction of libraries is essential in order for the library to serve the immediate and future needs of its community."

Some of the most interesting library architectural projects that we have seen are designed by Clark Enersen Partners of Lincoln and Kansas City, who have been featured in American Libraries magazine for their Peru State College Library renovation. Take a look at their website under the menu heading Experience/Libraries to see some of their innovative library projects.

Library Journal has a nationwide Directory of Architects for libraries.

The Architecture Studies Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas libraries, has an Architecture and Building database compiled by Jeanne Brown, University of Nevada Las Vegas Architecture Studies Library, with a special section on Libraries and ... architecture, design, planning, landscaping and more.

The UC Berkeley Environmental Design Library has Library Design Resources which consist of a guide to the literature on the design of libraries, compiled by Susan Koskinen. The guide covers:

  • Search Terms to locate books & articles
  • Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
  • Finding Books search terms
  • Indexes for Articles
  • Journals - selected
  • Research Guides
  • Design
  • Human Dimension / Ergonomics
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation
  • Projects / Sites
  • Links
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