The process of space planning is most effective when the planner(s) have a well-defined comprehension of how the library fits into the university both historically and in the future; how space will meet the physical, social, and cognitive needs of its users and the pedagogical needs of the university; and how to program spaces that create a laboratory for teaching and learning and foster collaboration across the university campus. Planners must strive for nimble building and design programs that anticipate the evolving needs of the academic library community - that is planning for emerging technologies, evolving library collections and delivery systems, potential future expansion, and changing user demographics, etc. As noted, there are many crucial factors to be considered in planning library space:
The following resources may prove helpful in space planning:
American Library Association. Building Blocks for Planning Functional Library Space, 3rd Edition. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2011. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780810881044
Figueroa, Miguel. Forecasting the Future of Libraries 2015. American Libraries Magazine, 2015.http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2015/02/26/forecasting-the-future-of-libraries-2015/
Freeman, Geoffrey T., and Council on Library and Information Resources. Library As Place : Rethinking Roles, Rethinking Space.Washington, D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources, 2005. Print. Perspectives on the evolving library.
Duckett, Kim, Lippincott, Joan, and Vedantham, Anu. Libraries as Enablers of Pedagogical and Curricular Change. Educause Review. Colorado: Educause, 2014. http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/libraries-enablers-pedagogical-and-curricular-change
New Media Consortium. Horizon Report 2014: Library Edition. Stanford, CA, 2014. http://cdn.nmc.org/media/2014-nmc-horizon-report-library-EN.pdf
Sternberg, Esther M. Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009. Print.
Whole Building Design Guide for Academic Libraries http://www.wbdg.org/design/academic_library.php
Learning Spaces Collaboratory. The LSC Guide: Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners.Washington DC, 2013. http://www.pkallsc.org/basic-page/lsc-guide-planning-assessing-21st-century-spaces-21st-century-learners
Designing Better Libraries: DBL blog for academic library design http://dbl.lishost.org/blog/