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Academic Library Building Design: Resources for Planning: Precedents

ACRL and LLAMA have joined forces to provide a basic framework for architects, planners, and librarians embarking on the planning and design of libraries for higher education.

Precedents

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William Oxley Library, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Precedents

AIA/ALA Library Buildings Award winners http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/llama/docs/brochurejun18-2009.pdf

ELI Learning Spaces (e-book, freely available) http://www.educause.edu/LearningSpaces Chapters 14- 43 are case studies of individual campus buildings, including libraries, classroom buildings, and student unions, which have a strong technology component.

The Learning Commons Model http://faculty.rwu.edu/smcmullen This website was compiled by a librarian on sabbatical. It includes individual reports on 19 academic information commons with many photos and an extensive, current bibliography.

Chronicle of Higher Education. Campus Architecture Database. The link to the campus architecture database (http://chronicle.com/blogs/buildings/) allows one to browse the entire database. Scroll down to the Buildings & Grounds Archives box and use the search box. The quickest way to find specific library information is to search by library name, architect, or institution.

Library Journal, annual issue on library buildings December 15 issue The most recent issue - 2009 - is at http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6709734.html Library Journal publishes an annual photo montage with summary data of library buildings constructed during the past year.