The Danish Agency for Culture has published its model programme for public libraries, a web-based toolkit for library design in the digital age, that anyone can use. The toolkit and supporting articles are designed to analyse the challenges and illustrate best practice, and provide inspiration for the interplay of space and functionality. This is done in a visual format where brief texts are supported by photos, figures and basic design principles.
2003 report from CABE and the then Resource (MLA) organisation. ‘Design is not just about the big iconic building, it is also about the small branch libraries and thoughtful
refurbishments and conversions. Design is about the functionality of the building, as well as how it looks.' This report outlines current thinking about what a twenty first century library is; it then considers how we deliver these quality environments.
Chicago Public Libraries and Aarhus Public Libraries (Denmark) worked with design company IDEO to find out how their human-centred design thinking methods might best be adapted and applied to a library context. The final result is a comprehensive new resource for any library leader or staff member hoping to advance their library.
The report provides an overview of how design is being used as a tool to enhance the experience of customers and change the behaviour of staff in public libraries in twelve locations across five countries in two international contexts. Published Jan 2017. PDF can be downloaded from the page.
OCLC was awarded a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to explore attitudes and perceptions about library funding and to evaluate the potential of a large-scale marketing and advocacy campaign to increase public library funding in the U.S. The findings of this research are now available in an OCLC report downloadable from the website. Though this study was based on data from the United States, there are findings in the report that are applicable to any library seeking to understand the connections between public perceptions and library support.
Centre for Public Libraries and Information in Society (CPLIS) Department of Information Studies University of Sheffield, 2003. Aimed at assessing the impact of a new library buildings on local communities, questioning the institution as a physical space and the role it plays in the wider community.
Not a contradiction in terms, but the strategic framework and vision for libraries published by the State Library of Victoria, Australia. What is remarkable - and valuable - about this piece of work is not just in the final outcome and the road map for the future but the creative and participative process the led to it.
ALA Editions, 2010. Providing tips, suggestions, and guidelines on the critical issues that surround designing spaces for children and teens, this how-to book covers how to select an architect or design professional, the importance of including YA librarians in the design and implementation, and information on how children and teens view and use space. With 20 colour photos of example spaces. (US)
Facet, 2008. Get the 'inside story' from an experienced library design consultant on creating those special spaces in your library that promote and encourage children’s and young adults’ curiosity, learning, and reading – and support their lifelong love of books and information.
In this new Routledge book, Alistair Black argues that the architectural modernism of the post-war years was symptomatic of the age’s spirit of renewal. Black explains how 'libraries of light' not only describes the shining new library designs, but also serves as a metaphor for the public library’s role as a beacon of social egalitarianism and cultural universalism.
Michael Dewe, Ashgate, 2006. Examines the challenges confronting the planning and development of contemporary public libraries, their mission, their roles, and key issues such as lifelong learning, social inclusion, community and cultural needs, regeneration and funding.
Facet, 2013. In this systematic attempt to speak to academic and public librarians about the future of library services, a raft of contributors step back and envision the type of future library that will generate excitement and enthusiasm among users.