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Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations, Fifth Edition
William W. Sannwald
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0978-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $62.00
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224 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0978-2
Year Published: 2008
AP Categories: A, C

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Planning construction of a new library facility or renovation of an existing one can be a daunting task. With the new fifth edition of his Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations, veteran library administrator and construction consultant William Sannwald guides librarians and other members of a building design team through the stages of the design process. Updated materials include

  • A new chapter on sustainable design, including issues of site selection, air quality, and energy and water efficiency
  • New sections on wireless networking, information commons and media production and presentation labs
  • Updated treatment of special collections and materials handling systems
  • A new section on disaster planning
  • ADA Accessibility Guidelines section reorganized to match structure of the federal statute

  • Because construction projects are complex and sometimes unwieldy, Sannwald's checklist format provides a clear, concise way of itemizing the issues, helping your construction project run as smoothly as possible!
    Table of Contents


    1. Building Planning and Architecture
    A. Indicators of Dissatisfaction with Existing Facilities
    B. Institutional Planning Team
    C. Determining Space Needs
    D. Joint Use Considerations
    E. Alternatives to New Construction
    F. Selecting a Library Building Consultant
    G. Choosing an Architect
    H. Choosing a Contractor
    I. Architectural Design

    2. Library Site Selection
    A. General Conditions
    B. Location
    C. Accessibility
    D. Size
    E. Environmental Issues

    3. Sustainable Design
    A. Sustainable Sites
    B. Water Efficiency
    C. Energy and Atmosphere
    D. Materials
    E. Indoor Environmental Air Quality
    F. Lighting and Day Lighting
    G. Roofs

    4. General Exterior Considerations
    A. Landscaping
    B. Parking
    C. Building Exterior
    D. Roof
    E. Bicycle Racks
    F. Flagpole
    G. Exterior Signage
    H. Loading Docks and Delivery
    I. Outdoor Trash Enclosures
    J. Outdoor Book and Media Returns

    5. Interior Organization of Library Buildings
    A. Entrance
    B. Circulation Desk Facilities
    C. Reference Facilities
    D. Information Commons
    E. Multimedia Facilities
    F. Media Production and Presentation Labs
    G. Special Collections/Rare Books/Archives
    H. Reserve Book Room
    I. Faculty/Graduate Carrels and Study Rooms
    J. Literacy Center
    K. Young Adult Facilities
    L. Children’s Facilities
    M. Meeting and Seminar Rooms
    N. Convenience Facilities
    O. Displays
    P. Public Art
    Q. Interior Signage
    R. Workroom/Offices
    S. Staff Lounge
    T. Friends of the Library
    U. Library Store
    V. Interior Storage

    6. Compliance with ADA Accessibility Guidelines
    A. Transportation, Parking Lots, Parking Signage, and Accessible Routes
    B. Ground and Floor Surfaces
    C. Curb Cuts
    D. Ramps
    E. Stairs
    F. Lifts and Elevators
    G. Doors
    H. Entrances
    I. Accessible Routes within the Building
    J. Drinking Fountains
    K. Water Closets
    L. Toilet Rooms
    M. Toilet Stalls
    N. Urinals
    O. Lavatories
    P. Handrails and Grab Bars
    Q. Controls and Operating Mechanisms
    R. Alarms
    S. Signage
    T. Telephones
    U. Fixed or Built-in Seating and Tables
    V. Assembly Areas
    W. Building Assistance Facilities

    7. Telecommunications, Electrical, and Miscellaneous Equipment
    A. General Considerations
    B. Telecommunications Entrances and Closets
    C. Horizontal Pathways
    D. Cabling and Outlets
    E. Wireless Technology
    F. Workstation Connections
    G. Workstation Equipment
    H. Telephone System
    I. Miscellaneous Electrical Equipment
    J. Electrical Power

    8. Interior Design and Finishes
    A. Service Desks
    B. Seating
    C. Tables
    D. Lighting
    E. Windows
    F. Flooring
    G. Walls
    H. Color
    I. Equipment List
    J. Behavioral Aspects of Space

    9. Materials Handling and Storage: Book Stacks and Shelving
    A. Conventional Stationary Stacks and Shelving
    B. Movable-Aisle Compact Shelving
    C. Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS)
    D. Materials Handling Systems
    E. Remote Storage

    10. Building Systems
    A. Acoustics
    B. HVAC&R (Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigerating) Systems
    C. Electrical Systems
    D. Lighting
    E. Plumbing and Restrooms
    F. Elevators and Escalators

    11. Safety and Security
    A. General
    B. External Security
    C. Internal Security
    D. Fire Safety
    E. Disaster Planning

    12. Maintenance of Library Buildings and Property
    A. Routine Maintenance
    B. Graffiti
    C. Building Materials
    D. Custodial Facilities
    E. Groundskeeper Facilities
    F. Trash Enclosures
    G. Betterments and Improvements

    13. Building Occupancy and Post-occupancy Evaluation
    A. Building Acceptance
    B. Getting Ready for Occupancy
    C. Moving
    D. Post-occupancy Evaluation

    14. Groundbreaking and Dedication Ceremonies
    A. Planning
    B. Event Checklist

    About the Author

    William W. Sannwald was assistant to the city manager and manager of library design and development from 1997 to 2004, and was city librarian of the San Diego Public Library from 1979 to 1997. He is now a full-time faculty member in the business school at San Diego State University and works as a library building and administrative consultant. He is the author of numerous books and articles on library architecture and management and has presented papers at national and international conferences. Past president of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), Sannwald was a jury member of the joint ALA/AIA awards. He is the recipient of the San Diego AIA chapter’s highest honor, the Irving Gill Award, for his contributions to library architecture.

    “This book has enough breadth and depth to cover all types of libraries from academic to public and special collections. Any library that is looking to renovate or a library being created from the planning stage should take a look at this very useful book.”

    "An invaluable tool for use by any library contemplating or in the process of building or renovating a library space."
    --Collection Management

    "The years of experience that Sannwald provides in an easy-to-follow checklist should unquestionably be in the hands of any library administrator who is asked to develop a planning team to design and/or redesign a library building. This reviewer has not had the opportunity to work with a planning team of architects or building specialists, but would feel confident if William W. Sannwald's Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations was close at hand."
    --Internet Reference Services Quarterly

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