Building Science 101: A Primer for Librarians

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Take care of your library and it will take care of you! In this practical, concise volume, authors Lynn M. Piotrowicz and Scott Osgood provide a tour of the library building from foundation to roof. In a time of rapidly inflating energy prices and tight public budgets, many libraries are faced with older physical facilities that are not up to modern standards of efficiency. Designed for libraries where construction of a wholly new building is not feasible, this book offers step-by-step instructions for

  • Improving the energy use of existing structures, with methods for being environmentally and fiscally responsible
  • Identifying ways to enhance building maintenance
  • Investing resources now in order to free them later for core library functions

Managers will welcome this handy orientation guide and feel empowered to recommend changes at their own libraries using the authors' expert advice.


Chapter 1 Planning and Other Words of Wisdom
Chapter 2 Immediate Cost-Saving Measures
Chapter 3 Beginner Building Science Lessons
Chapter 4 Know Thy Building: What Is Inside
Chapter 5 What Your Building Sits On and Why
Chapter 6 The Foundation
Chapter 7 The Underground Stuff
Chapter 8 The Structure
Chapter 9 The Roof System
Chapter 10 The Windows
Chapter 11 Interior Finishes
Chapter 12 The Plan It/Do It Professionals
Chapter 13 Contracts and Legal Obligations
Chapter 14 New Technology and Concluding Remarks



Lynn M. Piotrowicz

Lynn M. Piotrowicz has been a librarian in old buildings for nearly two decades. As the director of a 105-year-old building, she sought information to bring utility costs under control and reduce her library's dependence on nonrenewable resources. Piotrowicz has a BA in psychology (Mercyhurst College, 1986), an MA in organizational psychology (University of New Haven, 1988), and an MLS (University of Pittsburgh, 1992). She is director of the Tucker Free Library in Henniker, New Hampshire.

Scott Osgood

Scott Osgood is a registered professional civil engineer with more than thirty years' experience in the building construction industry. He is the director of facilities and capital projects for the seven-campus Community College System of New Hampshire, with responsibility for the construction, renovation, and care of more than fifty buildings. Osgood has a BS in civil engineering (University of Massachusetts).

"From staff complaints about climate control to the mysterious crack along your foundation, Piotrowicz and Osgood address building science so you can understand it ... Their best advice: Look at your physical plant before something goes wrong. This book will give you the background to know what you have and build on it."

"With this handy guide at your fingertips, you will be able to address energy conservation, make adjustments that can save you valuable budget dollars, and plan for future issues ... This paperback will be dog-eared by the time you finish your project!"
--Public Libraries