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Checklist of library building design considerations
Sannwald, William W.
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : American Library Association, [2001]

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vii, 183 pages ; 28 cm
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"For the Architecture of Public Libraries Committee, LAMA Buildings and Equipment Section."
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Z679.2.U54 C44 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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There is no question that the design of a library affects the experience of its users. With its no-nonsense checklist format, this completely revised manual literally walks readers through their buildings and facilities, spotlighting critical design and safety points along the way. A must-have resource for library planners, librarians, architects, and all members of the design team, the Checklist will help you to evaluate your current space, analyze each design element as it relates to space and function in the library, make decisions ranging from shelving finishes to technology equipment, and satisfy the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. New to this edition are sections on green (environmentally correct) design approaches, assessment of current facilities and alternatives to new construction, young adult and children's spaces, remote storage, and technology advancements. With more than 1,500 questions that will help you avoid expensive mistakes, the Checklist will give you everything you need to: Identify potential problem areas in your design. Enhance the overall library environment by committing to green design. Incorporate technology safely and efficientl

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Library Journal Review

Sannwald (marketing & management, San Diego State Univ.) calls upon his experience as a former manager of library design and development to present the sixth iteration of a comprehensive checklist for library design. The book covers all aspects of a building project, from deciding if a new structure or renovation is necessary to preparing the dedication ceremony. Each chapter presents a series of questions about the design process and offers room for comments. Sannwald's work will ensure that all factors are taken into account no matter what type of library is being considered. This updated edition includes several new topics, such as accommodations for plus-sized patrons, entrepreneurial and collaborative spaces, preventive maintenance, and certificates of occupancy, among others. The book could have been enhanced by the inclusion of a CD-ROM allowing users to create a customized list of requirements. Readers seeking a how-to on library construction would be better served by Jeannette Woodward's Countdown to a New Library: Managing the Building Project. VERDICT Sannwald's work is required reading for anyone thinking about pursuing a renovation or building construction project. Be prepared to purchase copies for every member of the team.-Lydia Olszak, Bosler Memorial Lib., Carlisle, PA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1 Building Planning and Architecturep. 1
A. Indicators of Dissatisfaction with Existing Facilitiesp. 1
B. Institutional Planning Teamp. 2
C. Determining Space Needsp. 3
D. Joint Use Considerationsp. 5
E. Alternatives to New Constructionp. 6
F. Selecting a Library Building Consultantp. 7
G. Choosing an Architectp. 8
H. Choosing a Contractorp. 12
I. Architectural Designp. 14
J. Sustainable Designp. 17
2 Library Site Selectionp. 20
A. General Conditionsp. 20
B. Locationp. 22
C. Accessibilityp. 23
D. Sizep. 24
E. Environmental Issuesp. 25
3 General Exterior Considerationsp. 27
A. Landscapingp. 27
B. Parkingp. 29
C. Building Exteriorp. 31
D. Roofp. 32
E. Bicycle Racksp. 33
F. Flagpolep. 33
G. Exterior Signagep. 34
H. Deliveryp. 36
I. Book Returnsp. 38
4 Interior Organization of Library Buildingsp. 40
A. Entrancep. 40
B. Circulation Desk Facilitiesp. 43
C. Reference Facilitiesp. 47
D. Children's Facilitiesp. 51
E. Young Adult Facilitiesp. 55
F. Multimedia Facilitiesp. 56
G. Special Collections/Rare Books/Archivesp. 58
H. Literacy Centerp. 61
I. Meeting and Seminar Roomsp. 62
J. Convenience Facilitiesp. 66
K. Library Storep. 69
L. Displaysp. 71
M. Interior Signagep. 73
N. Workroom/Officesp. 75
O. Staff Loungep. 78
P. Friends of the Libraryp. 79
Q. Interior Storagep. 81
R. Remote Storage Facilitiesp. 82
5 Compliance with ADA Accessibility Guidelinesp. 84
A. Parking, Curb Cuts, and Rampsp. 84
B. Entrancesp. 89
C. Accessible Routes within the Buildingp. 91
D. Interior Doorsp. 92
E. Surfacesp. 93
F. Lifts and Elevatorsp. 94
G. Drinking Fountainsp. 96
H. Rest Rooms--Generalp. 97
I. Rest Rooms with Stallsp. 99
J. Rest Rooms--Single Roomsp. 101
K. Rest Rooms--Unisexp. 102
L. Alarmsp. 103
M. Signagep. 104
N. Controls and Operating Mechanismsp. 106
O. Telephonesp. 107
P. Card Catalogs and Magazine Displaysp. 108
Q. Book Stacksp. 109
R. Reading, Study, Bibliographic, and Service Areasp. 109
S. Meeting Roomsp. 110
T. Building Facilitiesp. 111
6 Telecommunications, Electrical, and Miscellaneous Equipmentp. 113
A. General Considerationsp. 113
B. Telecommunications Entrances and Closetsp. 114
C. Horizontal Pathwaysp. 116
D. Cabling and Outletsp. 117
E. Electrical Powerp. 119
F. Workstation Equipmentp. 120
G. Telephone Systemp. 122
H. Miscellaneous Electrical Equipmentp. 124
7 Interior Design and Finishesp. 126
A. Service Desksp. 126
B. Seatingp. 128
C. Tablesp. 131
D. Lightingp. 132
E. Windowsp. 133
F. Flooringp. 135
G. Wallsp. 136
H. Colorp. 138
I. Equipment Listp. 139
8 Book Stacks and Shelvingp. 145
A. Conventional Stationary Stacks and Shelvingp. 145
B. Movable-Aisle Compact Shelvingp. 149
C. Automatic Retrieval Systemsp. 151
9 Building Systemsp. 152
A. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Systemp. 152
B. Lightingp. 154
C. Noisep. 157
D. Plumbing and Rest Roomsp. 159
E. Elevators and Escalatorsp. 161
10 Safety and Securityp. 162
A. Generalp. 162
B. External Securityp. 163
C. Internal Securityp. 164
D. Fire Safetyp. 165
11 Maintenance of Library Building and Propertyp. 167
A. Graffitip. 167
B. Building Materialsp. 168
C. Custodial Facilitiesp. 169
D. Groundskeeper Facilitiesp. 170
E. Trash Enclosuresp. 171
12 Building Occupancy and Post-Occupancy Evaluationp. 172
A. Movingp. 172
B. Getting Ready for Occupancyp. 173
C. Post-Occupancy Evaluationp. 174
13 Groundbreaking and Dedication Ceremoniesp. 176
A. Planningp. 176
B. Event Checklistp. 178
Bibliographyp. 181