By Brian Edwards PhD (Glasgow University School of Architecture)
Libraries and studying source Centres is a entire reference textual content studying the altering function and layout of library constructions. severe reviews of foreign case stories reveal the rules of library layout. to be had for the 1st time in complete color, the second one version of the paintings focuses fairly at the very important query of entry and layout in public libraries. up to date case reviews and technical info permit the pro architect to take advantage of the ebook without delay in making plans library tasks. supplying tips on balancing the wishes of the gathering and the person, Libraries and studying source Centres should be of price to all expert architects serious about library making plans. * nonetheless the one booklet to supply complete insurance of library layout from a global point of view, giving a wider diversity of layout info than different courses. * offers sensible advice at the most vital features of library layout: balancing the desires of the gathering and the wishes of the person. * contains technical information in terms of development criteria for the pro architect.
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21 Libraries and Learning Resource Centres Rather than face declining numbers of users, today’s library is full of life and activity, and many of the new users were not visitors to the old generation of libraries. One important challenge into the twenty-ﬁrst century is to accommodate these changes without destroying the library as a familiar and much loved building type. For in spite of the many examples discussed later, many library managers and their architects ‘seem ﬁxated on the classic book-dominated library and have great problems redeﬁning libraries for the electronic age’ (Latimer and Niegaard, 2007).
Library users will normally be carrying books or other materials, making mechanically operated doors essential. Automatic doors or electric revolving doors are appreciated by users (especially those with some form of physical impairment). Doors that close after use are necessary to prevent heat loss or weather ingress. The size, design and position of doors helps signal the presence of the public entrance to the library as against the staff entrance. Out of hours ‘book-drops’ are a facility which needs to be located in a convenient external location, but also one which has an internal relationship with the main circulation desk.
This issue of wider citizenship learning is a key characteristic of library buildings whether in towns or on university campuses. Establishing the brief Much useful information can be found in the literature of library planning which will assist those beginning to draw up a design speciﬁcation for the ﬁrst time. This is true for architects as well as for library staff. However, nothing that is written or read can fully prepare anyone for the experience of seeing a building arise from plans. This chapter derives from direct experience of contemporary projects in addition to the wisdom of those who have created library buildings elsewhere.