Planning Optimal Library Spaces Principles, Processes, and Practices

Planning Optimal Library Spaces: A Publication on Transforming Existing Libraries

Planning Optimal Library Spaces Principles, Processes, and Practices

Planning Optimal Library Spaces: A Publication on Transforming Existing Libraries

How Does Your Library Stay Relevant When Funds Are Scarce?

Library offerings and programs must evolve to remain relevant to the communities they serve. Adapting the architecture to accommodate these changes can be challenging when funds are not readily present to modify the building and furniture accordingly. Library Master Planning based on a phased implementation strategy allows libraries to meet current needs sooner, as smaller funding opportunities arise, instead of waiting on fully-funded projects.

From McMillan Pazdan Smith’s library design team with active commissions coast to coast, comes a powerful and timely examination of space planning, offering a new perspective relevant to public and academic libraries of all sizes. Led by library design expert David R. Moore, II, AIA, ALA, our firm’s extensive experience, deep knowledge of best practices, and focus on evolving service models provides the foundation for this important planning and design process.

Planning Optimal Library Spaces: Principles, Process, and Practices demystifies library space planning, inspires creative thinking, and offers immediate how-to steps to transform existing or new libraries. Printed in full color with 148 images, this is a must-have book for librarians, architects, government / education administrators, or anyone involved with a library planning or renovation project.

Read the book to learn:

  • How combining a phased implementation strategy with traditional space planning allows transformations to be delivered either as a single project or a series of smaller, more manageable interventions;
  • Why community engagement meetings are critical to your project’s success;
  • Which collection storage strategies work best for 21st-century facilities;
  • And the anatomy of a realistic library renovation budget.

Buy a copy of Planning Optimal Library Spaces: Principles, Process, and Practices today, and use code: RLFANDF30 to receive a special 30%-off discount!

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An insightful ‘must read’ which provides a pragmatic library space planning framework for the experienced and emerging generation of library space planners. The reader is introduced to a road map approach with an emphasis on phased and flexible space planning — a valuable resource for all.

Elizabeth A. Titus

Dean of the Library, New Mexico State University

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David Moore, II

FAIA, ALA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal

Library Specialist / Higher Ed Practice Leader

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David is a Principal at McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, leads the firm’s library design team, and is co-author of the book, Planning Optimal Library Spaces: Principles, Process, and Practices. Working with libraries for nearly 25 years, David has designed beautiful award-winning libraries throughout the Southeast, is an accomplished speaker on library planning + design, and has also authored numerous library building programs, feasibility studies, and master plans with an emphasis for identifying strategies to increase efficiency, functionality, and capacity. His work has been published in national publications including Contract Magazine, American Libraries, and Library Journal, and he has been a featured speaker at numerous regional and national conferences.