Friday, December 5, 2014

Space Needs Planning for Public Libraries


Anyone who works in a Wisconsin public library will tell you that it's difficult to focus on long-term planning when you're knee-deep in serving the public, defending the library's budget, last-minute staffing emergencies, and navigating an ever-evolving array of technology.   As a result, focusing on your library's future - especially your library's future space needs - can easily be overlooked.  

A resource that is essential to the process of determining library space needs can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website: Public Library Space Needs: A Planning Outline.  Created by former DPI consultant Anders Dahlgren and most recently updated in 2009, this resource focuses on assessing library space needs around six broad types of floor space (collections, staff work space, meeting rooms, special use, etc.).  A fill-able workbook can be downloaded as part of the process.  

We don't guarantee the end result of your space needs planning will resemble what is now known as the Geisel Library on the campus of the University of California-San Jose.  But you never know.

(photo of UC-San Jose's Geisel Library - designed by William Pereira - courtesy of Pixabay)