Libraries Designed for Users: A 21st Century Guide

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Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2002 - Architecture - 247 pages
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Thinking about building a new library or renovating an existing facility? Help is at hand. Nationally and internationally renowned facilities consultant Nolan Lushington shows you how library facilities can be successfully planned, designed, or remodeled with multi-lingual services, coffee house areas, late night services, multimedia programs, outdoor facilities, day care programs, electronic classrooms, art galleries, teen centers and more. Libraries Designed for Users clearly and comprehensively examines actual plans, sketches, budgets, proposals, forms, and blueprints for renovations and new facilities. Detailed recommendations for floor layout, furnishings, equipment, square footage, parking lots, lighting, and specifications for dozens of other programs and services are included. Throughout you will find advice about working with architectural teams; specific examples of new ways to display, store, and provide access to library resources; tools for assessing the continuing evolution of library staff work areas, and the best ways to evaluate your post-occupancy success. Includes a directory of resources for the latest equipment and supplies. Any librarian considering new or redesigned facilities to meet their users need will want to consult this new 21st century guide.

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Southern Connecticut State University

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