Planning a new or refurbished public library means considering not only facilities for collections, services, staff and users, but examining also the local context, reviewing the library image, and developing relationships with other community facilities and agencies. This book examines the entire gamut of 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. The helpful presentation and readable style guides the librarian through the preliminary information-gathering and decision-making process that ensures a successful library building for all concerned. Using practical case studies, plans and photographs, the author tackles the critical issues of siting, size, plans and design concepts, and provides a helpful guide to weighing up the alternatives of refurbished, converted and new buildings. Separate chapters focus on the planning, briefing and construction process; security, safety and sustainability; key characteristics of successful buildings; identity, decor and signage; and interior layout and facilities. The text draws together a vast resource of real library examples from all over the world which provide best practice models and lessons to learn. For funding authorities, librarians and architects of public libraries this is a highly informative book that will help to ensure wise decision-making and prevent costly mistakes.
Michael Dewe has extensive experience at senior level in public libraries and latterly as a University Lecturer in the Department of Information Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales. As well as a long-standing commitment to writing and lecturing about library buildings, he has also acted as a consultant both in the UK and abroad. Actively involved with the IFLA Section on Library Buildings and Equipment for a number of years, he was also a member of the judging panel for the Public Library Building Awards scheme from 1995 to 2003. Currently he is a team member of the library buildings database project, Designing Libraries (www.designing libraries.org.uk) and has written a booklet on primary school library design.
'Michael Dewe has written the most comprehensive book to date on public library planning. Librarians, architects, designers and everyone involved in creating innovative public libraries for the 21st century will quickly come to regard this book as the new bible of public library planning. Packed with practical information and examples of good practice this book is a "must have"!' Trevor Knight, Chair of Public Libraries Group 2005/06 'It looks at the range of challenges in the planning and development of contemporary public libraries - key issues such as community and cultural needs as well as practical facilities and layout. It uses case studies, plans and photographs with real library examples from all over the world.' Library and Information Gazette, June 2006 'This book is expertly written, full of references and pointers to further study. It is packed with practical information and examples. It does not profess to be a planning manual or '' how to do it'' technical guide but raises key issues concerning design principles. The basic principles and practices of the planning and design of public library buildings have been described at various times but this publication brings these up to date. Although primarily aimed at public librarians, it has lessons for academic librarians and those in other sectors. In short, this is a well-researched, comprehensive, informative and readable book for all those involved in planning or refurbishing a library building.' CILIP Update November 2006 'The basic principles and practices of the planning and design of public library buildings have been described at various times but this publication brings these up to date. Although primarily aimed at public librarians, it has lessons for academic librarians and those in other sectors. In short, this is a well researched, comprehensive, informative and readable book for all those involved in planning or refurbishing a library building.' - Library & Information Update November 20