The Library Renovation, Maintenance, and Construction Handbook

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The Library Renovation, Maintenance, and Construction Handbook is a one-stop, easy-to-understand resource that will guide you through the often complicated, jargon-filled arenas of building construction and renovation, so that you can effectively advocate for your ideas about how form supports your library’s functions. Authors Donald A. Barclay and Eric D. Scott draw on their extensive experience to provide a wealth of accessible and practical advice for creating functional, attractive, and long-lasting library spaces. They introduce readers to the major stages of construction and renovation, explain details like building codes, reading plans, and building systems, and even provide a handy glossary of key construction terms.

This helpful guide outlines all of the vital steps for building or renovating library-specific spaces, including coverage of interior design, signage, safety and security, and what it means to build a green library. You’ll find tips for daily and emergency maintenance, as well how to protect and manage a library during a renovation. The companion CD-ROM makes the glossary searchable, gives you digital blueprint symbols to help you learn about reading plans, features digital images illustrating major construction methods discussed in the book, and includes many useful forms and checklists to customize for your library.

Unfortunately, they don’t teach building renovation, maintenance, and construction in library school. Whether you’re building or renovating a public, academic, school, or special library, this accessibly-written new guidebook will equip you with the fundamental knowledge and tools you need.

Donald A. Barclay

Donald A. Barclay, Deputy University Librarian at the University of California, Merced, has been with UC Merced since 2002. His previous position was Assistant Director for Informatics at the Houston-Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library in Houston, Texas. Since he first became a professional librarian in 1990, he has been concerned with helping students become more information-literate and, especially, helping students become better prepared to evaluate information in an increasingly complex, crowded, and confusing information environment. Barclay is the author of several books and many articles on librarianship, and has spoken on the topic of information literacy at library conferences and in broadcast interviews.

Eric D. Scott

Eric D. Scott has worked in University of California libraries for more than 15 years and has been involved with large and small construction and renovation projects. The largest of these is the UC Merced Library, where he is currently Director of Administrative Services and Head of Access Services. After earning a Bachelor's degree in History and Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, he worked in libraries for several years before pursuing an MLIS at San Jose State University. Prior to his work in libraries, he was a journeyman carpenter working for small contractors doing primarily residential remodeling and residential and light commercial construction.

"This book offers librarians a wealth of detail about libraries and what goes into planning, building, maintaining, and working in them … Unlike many library texts, this one provides guidance that is readily applicable to any type of library ... recommended without reservation to any librarian responsible for creating a new library or renovating an old one."--Journal of the Medical Library Association
"The authors are veterans of a successful new university library construction venture. Demonstrating mastery of their subject, they have produced an essential practical reference manual, both for library personnel engaged in actual building projects and for students studying facilities management." --Feliciter
"Highly recommended as a go-to book for administrators and trustees in any type of library as they begin any sort of construction." --Library Journal