Constructing Library Buildings That Work

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When it’s time to start planning for a renovation or construction project, you don’t need a book that covers everything from A to Z. Instead you need a concentrated set of tools and techniques that will guide you and your team to find the best solutions for your specific project. That’s exactly what library building expert Schlipf provides in his new book, which will be a key resource for library directors, administrators, board members, trustees, and planning professionals. Pinpointing the elements that make library buildings functional, in this book readers will find

  • a streamlined organization of the text that enables quick consultation and facilitates collaboration;
  • concise coverage of the essentials of the library construction process, including who does what, how things work, and how to stay out of trouble along the way;
  • advice on important planning and workflow considerations such as site selection, schematic design, funding, design development, the bidding process, construction, and post-construction occupancy;
  • discussion of the characteristics of successful library buildings—buildings that are easy to maintain, welcoming to people with disabilities, have less trouble-prone restrooms, and provide security for users, staff, and collections; and
  • an overview of bad ideas in library architecture, with pointed guidance on how to steer clear of them from the very beginning of your project. 

This powerful primer will help everyone involved in a library building project stay focused on the task at hand.

ISBN: 9780838947586
Publisher: ALA Editions
Sku: 9780838947586

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