Better by Design: An Introduction to Planning and Designing a New Library Building, Second Edition

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Drawing on the authors' experience gained from library projects around the world, this book charts a readable path through everything from the planning of a new library, to major refurbishment, or the remodeling of a current library. It clearly explains the library design language and processes needed by professionals overseeing any project, and covers essential aspects including ensuring cost-effectiveness, eco-efficiencies, improved service, and positive community impact. Fully revised and updated, this new edition includes coverage of

  • the need for flexible and adaptable library spaces;
  • the environmental impact of building design, construction, and use;
  • the trend towards multi-use, multi-purpose buildings to serve community, cultural, and educational needs;
  • a customer-centered approach to service delivery;
  • heightened focus on health and wellbeing for all stakeholders;
  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and customer access needs on the design and layout of a library; and
  • the rapid growth of digital services.

International and cross-sectoral in scope, this book is an essential guide for library professionals or architects involved in library building, remodeling, or development. It will also be a valuable reference for students of both library and architectural design.

Libraries after 2020
Project Management
Project and Design Teams
Partnership and Community Engagement
The Design Brief
Design Quality
Space Planning and Access
Occupancy and Post-occupancy Evaluation
Building Libraries for the Future: a Summary
Bibliography and Further Reading

Ayub Khan

Ayub Khan is Head of Universal Services for Warwickshire County Council where he leads several public-facing departments, including Libraries and Communities, Heritage and Culture, and Archives. He spent his early career in education and children's & young people's services, and was later Principal Project Officer for the new Library of Birmingham, involved in the early concept, visioning, design and business planning. Ayub has undertaken a number of library new-build and refurbishment projects and is currently working on a project to build a new library and cultural centre in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. He is President of Libraries Connected, a Fellow and past President of CILIP – The Library and Information Association. He is on the governing board of IFLA, and a member of its Library Buildings Committee. In 2013, Ayub was awarded an MBE for his services to libraries and communities.

Stella Thebridge

Stella Thebridge retired from Warwickshire County Council at the end of December 2020, where she was a Principal Librarian in Warwickshire Libraries responsible for reader development services to all age-groups as well as Manager of the traded Schools Library Service. She worked in a previous role as a researcher in a university department and has numerous publications to her name in the sphere of librarianship from 1998 to date, most recently chapters on library services to children and young people in the five-yearly volumes of British Librarianship and Information Work. Stella was a member of the Association of Senior Children's and Education Librarians in the UK (ASCEL) for many years and Chair from 2018 to 2020. In this capacity she gained a number of useful insights into national and international perspectives on libraries as well as overseeing policy developments specifically relating to services to children and young people in the UK. She became a LGA peer reviewer for Early Years provision in 2019. She was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours of 2021 for her work in libraries in Warwickshire and nationally, particularly during the emergence of the COVID pandemic.