ERIC Number: ED325136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Library Space Planning Guide. Revised.
Connecticut State Library, Hartford.
An outline to be considered at least every 20 years, this guide enables librarians and library planners to estimate their overall space needs, assess the adequacy of the existing square footage, and determine if a more detailed study is appropriate. This outline does not presume to offer a precise estimate of every type of library space, but concentrates on the following: (1) collection space; (2) user seating space; (3) staff work stations; (4) meeting room space; (5) special-use space; and (6) nonassignable/mechanical space. The outline adheres to traditional library planning methodology in which past experience relating population to library building size determines the facilities that are needed. However, a new planning process based on library service output measures introduced by the American Libraries Association should also be considered. A worksheet is included at the end of the document to help with the calculation of a library's projected overall space need. (16 references) (SD)
Descriptors: Architecture, Evaluation Criteria, Facility Guidelines, Facility Planning, Interior Space, Library Collections, Library Facilities, Library Planning, Offices (Facilities), User Needs (Information)
Connecticut State Library, Division of Library Services, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 (free while supply lasts).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Connecticut State Library, Hartford.