Space Planning

Resources, Guides, Technology Protocols and Supplementary Materials

Guides to Determining Future Space Needs

WebJunction’s Focus on Space Planning for Libraries

Public Library Space Needs: A Planning Outline (© June 2009 WI DPI)

The Space Needs Worksheet (Excel)

Designing Libraries  “a repository of websites, online resources, articles and books related to library planning and design.”

New Buildings and Renovations

 BadgerNet Converged Network (BCN) Request Forms

New Service Request           Service Change Request

SWLS Delivery and Technology Recommendation Checklists (use early in the planning process)

Delivery Recommendations for New Buildings and Renovations

Technology Checklist for New Buildings and Renovations

Supplementary Materials

Making Cities Stronger: Public Library Contributions to Local Economic Development

Library as Place: Rethinking Roles, Rethinking SpaceCommunity Facilities

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program  (USDA-Rural Development)
Provides loans and grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population.

USDA Rural Development Office Locations  (USDA-Rural Development)

Dodgeville Office (Area 1)
1124 professional Drive, Suite 100

Architectural Design Firms

Architectural Firms (Courtesy of SCLS)

Comparative Background Study

Library Facilities Study, Definition of Terms for the Fort Worth Library, 2010 System Master Plan

SWLS Professional Reference Titles

Building science 101: a primer for librarians. Chicago: ALA, 2010
Building blocks for planning functional library space. Scarecrow Press, 2001
Countdown to a new library: managing the building project. ALA 2010
Creating the customer-driven library. chicago: ALA, 2005
Planning the small library facility. Chicago: ALA, 1996
Designing better libraries. Highsmith, 1999
Public libraries going green. Chicago: ALA 2010
Library space planning. Neal-Schuman, 1990
Teen spaces: the step-by-step library makeover . Chicago:ALA, 2009
The frugal librarian. Chicago: ALA, 2011
Checklist of library building design considerations  Chicago: ALA 2009
Interior design for libraries. Chicago: ALA, 2002
Wisconsin library building project handbook. Madison: DPI, c1990

Contact SWLS Director Krista Ross with requests for further information or assistance
with your library space planning needs, inquiries and concerns.

Modified 9.2.2015

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