Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations, Sixth Edition

Book: ALA Editions


William Sannwald’s book provides informative chapters on every aspect of the building process including checklists for your to refer to as you work on a building project, planning process or renovation.

Design Thinking for Libraries: A Toolkit for Patron-Centered Design

Website: Design Thinking for Libraries


This toolkit guides you through Design Thinking, or human-centered design, so you can start coming up with solutions to everyday challenges within the library.

Libraries as Spaces for 21st Century Learning & Learners

PDF: LSC/CNI Roundtable


This is the report of a roundtable of librarians and architects to identify and describe key spatial types – staff spaces, innovation zones, entry spaces, quiet spaces, and consultation spaces. Although focused on academic libraries, the spaces and desired experiences apply to public libraries.

Public Library Space Needs: A Planning Outline, 2009

PDF: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction


Anders Dahlgren’s article provides an in depth discussion of various aspects of library space planning including: collection space, seating space, work space, meeting rooms space, special use spaces and more.

Space Planning

Website: WebJunction


his site pulls together self-paced courses, webinars, and other documents to help you plan and design library spaces to be safe, welcoming, accessible, and healthy. The most recently added content is at the top of each section.

Whole Building Design Guide: Libraries, May 9, 2017

Article: National Institute of Building Sciences


Short article with lines to resources designed to help you with space needs, codes, expectation and more for a building project, renovation or addition.