The Learning Resources Centre: Assessing and Restructuring Library Space

I. Introduction

A building’s design is dictated by its function. Accordingly, when designing a library building, one must consider the library’s purpose and function. One obvious main function of the library is to store information materials, but libraries are much more than this. Libraries are also about access to information, about learning and about communities (Jones). When librarians become involved with a building project, they are responsible for ensuring that design and layout reflect and support the many functions and services offered by the library. Librarians must become informed about building codes, write feasibility and cost analysis studies and learn about community trends and library standards.

In this facilities study we will evaluate layout and space use at a local college library. Issues of access, user needs and changing community trends will be evaluated and an alternative layout will be proposed.