Planning additions to academic library buildings: a seamless by Pat Hawthorne, Ron G. Martin

By Pat Hawthorne, Ron G. Martin

Those information-packed assets supply useful suggestions for assessing house standards and assembly them cost-effectively. even if you are construction a brand-new facility or increasing an current one, you will discover helpful assistance from those experts.Discover hands-on techniques to: -- Exploring making plans and layout considerations-- Complying with the americans with Disabilities Act-- utilizing house creatively and effectivelyUses images, architectural plans, and step by step causes to stipulate the method of operating with architects and planners to create a library enlargement that doesn't compromise present layout aesthetics. Case stories from 3 educational libraries convey thoughts to existence.

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At that time its facilities and 37,000 square feet were more than ample to serve the college's 1,500 students and to house the 50,000-volume collection. Over the next 21 years, however, the college's enrollment grew to 2,200 students, and the collection nearly quintupled to more than 245,000 volumes. The need to accommodate the increasing size of the collection had resulted in a number of ''Band-Aid" solutions familiar to librarians facing the inexorable growth of collections, staff, and services.

The library plan- Page 2 ning committee decided to seek a design that would provide efficient heating, cooling, and ventilation. Another task the committee undertook was to improve lighting. The library's large 4-foot by 4-foot fluorescent fixtures installed at wide intervals provided uneven lighting in stack areas. A further goal of the library planning committee was to ensure that the ambiance of the library be warm and welcoming, making it a place that Hope College students would want to use.

He knew that without work on the original three wings, the logical flow of traffic and functions would be absent. Boylan used his thorough knowledge of the state budgetary process to utilize the funding to achieve his goal. Assisted by Nancy McAdams, library architectural consultant, Boylan and library staff members proceeded to plan a reorganization of almost all functions in the main library. Their layout established logical relationships among cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reference, circulation, maps, government publications, and microforms /newspapers.

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