Library Space

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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. 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.

The resource can be viewed on ISSUU, or downloaded below.

Download the resource (47mb).
Note: it's best to download and view the pdf in two-page view

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

On Thursday, December 10 from 1 - 2 pm, we will hold a virtual orientation session for anyone who wants an introduction to this tool. Please join us online.

We'd love to know how you're using Library Space! Please send any comments or suggestions to lauren.stara@mass.gov.

For More Information

Andrea Bunker, Library Building Specialist
617-725-1860, x246
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403, x246
andrea.bunker@mass.gov

Lauren Stara, Library Building Specialist
617-725-1860, x245
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403, x245
lauren.stara@mass.gov