PLA publishes space-planning guide for libraries

For Immediate Release
Wed, 11/27/2019


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO – Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the release of a new publication intended to help library professionals to successfully analyze, plan and evaluate library spaces. Library patrons expect robust merchandising, easily accessible spaces and self-directed way-finding, and this new publication will help readers to understand these ideals and recreate them in their libraries. Library Space Planning: A PLA Guide was authored by branding expert David Vinjamuri, the president of ThirdWay Brand Trainers and facilitator of PLA's Regional Workshop on Space Planning for Libraries. 

Library Space Planning: A PLA Guide is available for purchase in print and eBook formats. The printed book costs $21.00 for PLA members, $23.00 for ALA members, and $26.00 for nonmembers. The PDF eBook costs $19.95 for PLA members; $22.00 for ALA members; $24.00 for nonmembers.

Register by December 3 for workshop in Jacksonville, Fla.
Public library professionals looking for more in-depth training on space planning are encouraged to register for PLA's final regional training on this topic, Thursday, Dec. 12 in Jacksonville, Fla. Facilitated by David Vinjamuri, this interactive workshop uses lessons from retail stores to show participants how to make their libraries more accessible and understandable for patrons. The cost is $150 for PLA members, $185 for nonmembers, and $285 for groups of up to three individuals. Registration fees cover attendance for the full-day workshop, a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, assorted handouts, lunch, and a copy of Library Space Planning: A PLA Guide. Registration will close Tuesday, Dec. 3. Learn more and register

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About PLA
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or