On November 16, 2020 The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) announced the release of Library Space: A Planning Resource for Librarians, a guide to planning new or reconfigured public library spaces “This space planning guide will not only help plan flexible and efficient library buildings that meet a community’s unique needs; it will also save communities time and money as they begin exploring options for a new or reconfigured library,” said Lauren Stara, Library Building Specialiist. COSLA member, James Lonergan, is the Director of the Masscahussetes Board of Library Commissioners.
Library Space: A Planning Resource for Librarians creates a formal set of best practices for designing library space that may be applied to libraries across the nation. The guide empowers librarians, administrators, space planners, and architects with tools for the planning and design of public library buildings. It takes the user through the step by step process of determining what to consider when designing a new library for their community, and includes illustrations of different room types, adjacencies, shelving, and seating that can be considered for a building project.
The link to download the resource is https://mblc.state.ma.us/libraryspace.
A Zoom session to explain the document and how it can be used will be held on December 10, 2020 from 1pm-2pm. The guide was derived from a study that surveyed library users and library staff across Massachusetts to learn how and why they use the libraries in the state. You can read the Ecosystem Study here.
View the full press release here.