Space Planning

Photo of children's area with chairs, bookshelves and carpet.

Does your library entrance draw people inside? Once inside, what makes people take notice? Can retail space planning ideas help you create an inviting library space? This section will help you plan and design your library space to create a welcoming, healthy, safe and accessible environment.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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Beyond Access: Modernizing Your Library's Space

 Document / Last Modified: 11 March 2015

This infographic from Beyond Access shares suggestions about what libraries can do to make the physical spaces of their libraries more welcoming and engaging for their communities.

Librarians from Mongolia Visit OCLC Seattle

 News / Last Modified: 29 August 2014

Ninety minutes is all it takes to cross oceans, continents, and cultures to find library synergy. That was the experience when staff from the OCLC Seattle office had the chance to sit down and talk about libraries with two Mongolian librarians from t...

Makers, iPads, and Ketchup: Digital Services for Children

 News / Last Modified: 30 July 2014

For some time now there has been a growing concern about digital learning for children. Is it good for young learners to engage with reading and literacy development through eBooks on digital devices? What might children be losing when they learn to ...

Sustainable Stacks: Libraries Go Green

 Document / Last Modified: 26 January 2012

What does it mean to be green? This page highlights how libraries and organizations can utilize technology and community to lessen the ecological impact of their services. It also includes a link to a discussion you can contribute your ideas to.

Space Planning Simplified

 Document / Last Modified: 26 January 2012

This simplified introduction to the space planning process identifies the most critical first steps and the basic needs that must be identified for your building program.

Simple Space Planning Spreadsheet

 Document / Last Modified: 26 January 2012

This is a simple spreadsheet for creating quick space needs analyses. For collections, enter a volume count and select a shelving type. For furnishings and other library inventory items enter unit quantities.

Planning the Library Space from Scratch

 Document / Last Modified: 26 January 2012

Once you have determined the atmosphere you would like to create, plan for traffic flow, device usage, shelving, and patron needs.