Checklist Of Library Building Design Considerations / Edition 5

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Planning construction of a new library facility or renovation of an existing one can be a daunting task. With the new fifth edition of his Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations, veteran library administrator and construction consultant William Sannwald guides librarians and other members of a building design team through the stages of the design process. Updated materials include A new chapter on sustainable design, including issues of site selection, air quality, and energy and water efficiency New sections on wireless networking, information commons and media production and presentation labs Updated treatment of special collections and materials handling systems A new section on disaster planning ADA Accessibility Guidelines section reorganized to match structure of the federal statute Because construction projects are complex and sometimes unwieldy, Sannwald's checklist format provides a clear, concise way of itemizing the issues, helping your construction project run as smoothly as possible!

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A checklist format walks library planners, librarians, architects, and members of the library design team through library buildings and facilities, spotlighting critical design and safety points. Covers everything from choosing an architect to compliance with ADA regulation, telecommunications and electrical equipment, and dealing with graffiti. New to this edition are sections on environmentally friendly design approaches, assessment of current facilities, alternatives to new construction, young adult and children's spaces, and technology advancements. Sannwald is involved in library design and development in San Diego. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Now in a fully updated and expanded fourth edition, William Sannwald's Checklist Of Library Building Design Considerations shows library staff and board members how to evaluate their current space, analyze each design element as it relates to space and function in the library, make decisions ranging from shelving finishes to technology equipment, and satisfy the access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Of special interest to this newly revised edition are the sections on environmentally correct ("green") design approaches, assessment of current facilities and alternatives to new construction, young adult and children's spaces, remote storage, and technology advancement. Adaptable to any size library, Checklist Of Library Building Design Considerations is a ready source of planning and presentational support for Friends Of The Library groups, staff librarians, and library board members seeking public support for library renovations, expansions, and constructions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838909782
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 Building Planning and Architecture 1
A. Indicators of Dissatisfaction with Existing Facilities 1
B. Institutional Planning Team 2
C. Determining Space Needs 3
D. Joint Use Considerations 5
E. Alternatives to New Construction 6
F. Selecting a Library Building Consultant 7
G. Choosing an Architect 8
H. Choosing a Contractor 12
I. Architectural Design 14
J. Sustainable Design 17
2 Library Site Selection 20
A. General Conditions 20
B. Location 22
C. Accessibility 23
D. Size 24
E. Environmental Issues 25
3 General Exterior Considerations 27
A. Landscaping 27
B. Parking 29
C. Building Exterior 31
D. Roof 32
E. Bicycle Racks 33
F. Flagpole 33
G. Exterior Signage 34
H. Delivery 36
I. Book Returns 38
4 Interior Organization of Library Buildings 40
A. Entrance 40
B. Circulation Desk Facilities 43
C. Reference Facilities 47
D. Children's Facilities 51
E. Young Adult Facilities 55
F. Multimedia Facilities 56
G. Special Collections/Rare Books/Archives 58
H. Literacy Center 61
I. Meeting and Seminar Rooms 62
J. Convenience Facilities 66
K. Library Store 69
L. Displays 71
M. Interior Signage 73
N. Workroom/Offices 75
O. Staff Lounge 78
P. Friends of the Library 79
Q. Interior Storage 81
R. Remote Storage Facilities 82
5 Compliance with ADA Accessibility Guidelines 84
A. Parking, Curb Cuts, and Ramps 84
B. Entrances 89
C. Accessible Routes within the Building 91
D. Interior Doors 92
E. Surfaces 93
F. Lifts and Elevators 94
G. Drinking Fountains 96
H. Rest Rooms--General 97
I. Rest Rooms with Stalls 99
J. Rest Rooms--Single Rooms 101
K. Rest Rooms--Unisex 102
L. Alarms 103
M. Signage 104
N. Controls and Operating Mechanisms 106
O. Telephones 107
P. Card Catalogs and Magazine Displays 108
Q. Book Stacks 109
R. Reading, Study, Bibliographic, and Service Areas 109
S. Meeting Rooms 110
T. Building Facilities 111
6 Telecommunications, Electrical, and Miscellaneous Equipment 113
A. General Considerations 113
B. Telecommunications Entrances and Closets 114
C. Horizontal Pathways 116
D. Cabling and Outlets 117
E. Electrical Power 119
F. Workstation Equipment 120
G. Telephone System 122
H. Miscellaneous Electrical Equipment 124
7 Interior Design and Finishes 126
A. Service Desks 126
B. Seating 128
C. Tables 131
D. Lighting 132
E. Windows 133
F. Flooring 135
G. Walls 136
H. Color 138
I. Equipment List 139
8 Book Stacks and Shelving 145
A. Conventional Stationary Stacks and Shelving 145
B. Movable-Aisle Compact Shelving 149
C. Automatic Retrieval Systems 151
9 Building Systems 152
A. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) System 152
B. Lighting 154
C. Noise 157
D. Plumbing and Rest Rooms 159
E. Elevators and Escalators 161
10 Safety and Security 162
A. General 162
B. External Security 163
C. Internal Security 164
D. Fire Safety 165
11 Maintenance of Library Building and Property 167
A. Graffiti 167
B. Building Materials 168
C. Custodial Facilities 169
D. Groundskeeper Facilities 170
E. Trash Enclosures 171
12 Building Occupancy and Post-Occupancy Evaluation 172
A. Moving 172
B. Getting Ready for Occupancy 173
C. Post-Occupancy Evaluation 174
13 Groundbreaking and Dedication Ceremonies 176
A. Planning 176
B. Event Checklist 178
Bibliography 181
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