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By Carol R. Brown

Concentrating on performance (for employees) and attraction (for customers), this illustrated how-to advisor bargains a entire plan for designing new or renovated areas. From furnishings to lighting fixtures and signage to acoustics, this readable, superbly illustrated ebook exhibits you ways to plot for various stages of creating, contain expertise, layout for various age teams and components of the library, facilitate the paintings of researchers and scholars, and supply the easiest entry to the entire services and products within the library. With 15 colour plates and 32 halftones that illustrate how diverse components interact to shape an total layout, this must-have ebook might help you switch any form of library right into a welcoming and effective house for purchasers younger and old.

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Another alternative to the single circulation desk is based on the concept of check-out counters in a retail store. Instead of one large circulation desk where several staff members serve the public, smaller, separate circulation stations serve individual lines of users, like the check-out stands at a grocery store. Individual circulation stations help to define where people wait in line for service and to indicate who is the next person to be served. Service desks are built in many shapes and sizes.

A library design that begins, for example, with planning an attractive exterior intended to please the city council but with little or no regard for interior function may not be a successful library building. D Library Shape In determining the basic shape of a new library, library architects and consultants agree that the most functional shape for a library is a square, or a series of squares. Architects sometimes see this shape as too simple and uninteresting; however, long, narrow spaces and round rooms do not allow for the efficient layout of ranges of shelving or for good visual control by staff.

Brawner and Donald K. , Determining Your Public Library’s Future Size: A Needs Assessment and Planning Model (Chicago: American Library Association, 1996). 2. Building Blocks for Library Space: Functional Guidelines (Chicago: American Library Association, 1995). 3. Twenty-four square feet per double-faced section. The Planning Phases of a Library Building Project 23 CHAPTER 3 Basic Interior Design Issues uring the schematic and design-development phases of a project, building planning requires the integration of decisions regarding library architecture, engineering, and interior design.

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