Library Space

Title image for "Library Space: A Planning Resource for Librarians"

Library Space: A Planning Resource for Librarians creates a formal set of best practices for designing library space that may be applied to libraries across the nation. Developed through a partnership between MBLC staff and the design firm Sasaki, the guide empowers librarians, administrators, space planners, and architects with tools for the planning and design of public library buildings. It takes the user through the step by step process of determining what to consider when designing a new library for their community, and includes illustrations of different room types, adjacencies, shelving, and seating that can be considered for a building project.

View the booklet on ISSUU

Download an accessible pdf (46mb).

Download a slightly smaller but not accessible pdf (32mb).
This version has 2 pages per sheet

Download the 4-page Pandemic addendum only, which includes library design considerations for a pandemic (2 mb).

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Watch a recording of the virtual Guided Tour of Library Space and the Pandemic Addendum that was held on December 10, 2020, with Lauren Stara, Lan Ying Ip, and Andrea Bunker. It includes a presentation of the materials and a Q&A with attendees. A transcript of the chat is also available for download.

For More Information

Andrea Bono-Bunker, Library Building Specialist
617-725-1860, x246
857-488-6264 (Mobile)

Lauren Stara, Library Building Specialist
617-725-1860, x245
857-488-7201 (Mobile)