The Learning Resources Centre: Assessing and Restructuring Library Space

I. Standards

Librarians responsible for planning and maintaining library facilities should be familiar with local building and fire regulations, as well as the many library guidelines and standards that regulate everything from space use to sound and light issues.

A number of textbooks will provide recommended furnishing and space allocation measurements. The standards suggested in Phillip Leighton and David Weber’s book, Planning Academic and Research Library Buildings, were used as guidelines for the LRC’s furnishings and seating arrangement measurements (see Appendix D).

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) provides documentation on library buildings and equipment standards for public and school libraries.

Both the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) provide guidelines and standards for public and research library facilities.

Libris Design, is a US government-supported database that provides free access to library facility planning documentation and training software. The information provided in the document Acoustics for Libraries, provided some of the solutions used to manage the noise issues in this study. Noise levels are often an important and recurring issue for libraries.

In Designing and Space Planning for Libraries: a Behavioral Guide, Cohen and Cohen propose that for proper sound privacy approximately 2.4 m² of space should be allotted between working areas (226).