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Assessing Library
Facility Needs in the
21st Century
Sarah Houghton
Director, San Rafael Public Library
Let’s start with the
messy questions
Is the Internet taking
the place of libraries?
If we continue to
need library service,
why not plan a fully
virtual library for the
future?
How do you start to
assess your library’s
future facility needs?
Evaluate limitations
and constraints to
service
So where do you
start?
Project your future
population and
service needs
Lot size vs.
building size
Wisconsin Department of
Public Instruction’s “Public
Library Space Needs:
A Planning Outline”
http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/files/...
6 Types of Library
Space
1) Collections
2) Customer seating
3) Staff work space
4) Meeting rooms
5) Special use space (for...
10 Considerations for
Renovations,
Remodels, and New
Buildings
1) Ease of access
2) High visibility
3) Adequate parking
4) Convenience
5) Access for youth
6) Views
7) Sustainability
8) Landscaping
9) Expandability
10) Good neighbors
10 Things Our
Customers Want
1) Attractive
2) Large
3) Bright
4) Civic-minded
5) Customer friendly
6) Technologically
advanced
7) Environmentally
sensitive
8) Flexible
9) Efficient
10) Cost Effective
Resources
Determining Your Public Library’s Future
Size: A Needs Assessment & Planning Model.
Building Blocks for Planning...
Sarah Houghton
librarianinblack@gmail.com
@TheLiB
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Assessing Facility Needs

  1. 1. Assessing Library Facility Needs in the 21st Century Sarah Houghton Director, San Rafael Public Library
  2. 2. Let’s start with the messy questions
  3. 3. Is the Internet taking the place of libraries?
  4. 4. If we continue to need library service, why not plan a fully virtual library for the future?
  5. 5. How do you start to assess your library’s future facility needs?
  6. 6. Evaluate limitations and constraints to service
  7. 7. So where do you start?
  8. 8. Project your future population and service needs
  9. 9. Lot size vs. building size
  10. 10. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s “Public Library Space Needs: A Planning Outline” http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/files/pld/pdf/plspace.pdf
  11. 11. 6 Types of Library Space 1) Collections 2) Customer seating 3) Staff work space 4) Meeting rooms 5) Special use space (for photocopiers, book returns, displays, etc.) 6) Non-assignable space (for vestibules, furnace rooms, rest rooms, and the like)
  12. 12. 10 Considerations for Renovations, Remodels, and New Buildings
  13. 13. 1) Ease of access
  14. 14. 2) High visibility
  15. 15. 3) Adequate parking
  16. 16. 4) Convenience
  17. 17. 5) Access for youth
  18. 18. 6) Views
  19. 19. 7) Sustainability
  20. 20. 8) Landscaping
  21. 21. 9) Expandability
  22. 22. 10) Good neighbors
  23. 23. 10 Things Our Customers Want
  24. 24. 1) Attractive
  25. 25. 2) Large
  26. 26. 3) Bright
  27. 27. 4) Civic-minded
  28. 28. 5) Customer friendly
  29. 29. 6) Technologically advanced
  30. 30. 7) Environmentally sensitive
  31. 31. 8) Flexible
  32. 32. 9) Efficient
  33. 33. 10) Cost Effective
  34. 34. Resources Determining Your Public Library’s Future Size: A Needs Assessment & Planning Model. Building Blocks for Planning Functional Library Space Planning the Small Library Facility Wisconsin Library Building Project Handbook Libraries Designed for Users: A 21st Century Guide Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations
  35. 35. Sarah Houghton librarianinblack@gmail.com @TheLiB

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