Better by Design: An Introduction to Planning and Designing a New Library Building, Second Edition

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Drawing on the authors' experience gained from library projects around the world, this book charts a readable path through everything from the planning of a new library, to major refurbishment, or the remodeling of a current library. It clearly explains the library design language and processes needed by professionals overseeing any project, and covers essential aspects including ensuring cost-effectiveness, eco-efficiencies, improved service, and positive community impact. Fully revised and updated, this new edition includes coverage of

  • the need for flexible and adaptable library spaces;
  • the environmental impact of building design, construction, and use;
  • the trend towards multi-use, multi-purpose buildings to serve community, cultural, and educational needs;
  • a customer-centered approach to service delivery;
  • heightened focus on health and wellbeing for all stakeholders;
  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and customer access needs on the design and layout of a library; and
  • the rapid growth of digital services.

International and cross-sectoral in scope, this book is an essential guide for library professionals or architects involved in library building, remodeling, or development. It will also be a valuable reference for students of both library and architectural design.

Published: 2022
Publisher: Facet Publishing, UK
Pages: 222
Sku: 9781783305704

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