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Academic Library Building Design: Resources for Planning: Key Additional Resources

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.

Key Additional Resources

Key Additional Resources

Updated November 2018


A search across ALA brings up ten pages of building related materials, from assessment to construction, many of which are available online:

ALA Library Fact Sheet 11: Building Libraries and Library Additions: A Selected Annotated Bibliography

Buildings and Signage

EDUCAUSE Learning Space Rating System (LSRS)


Whole Building Design Guide: Academic Library

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA): Library Buildings and Equipment Section

Ideas + Inspiration from Demco collects webinars and blog articles pertaining to collaborative spaces for libraries. Retrieved from

Social Media

Innovative Library Space. Collection by Delaware Libraries.

Innovative Library Spaces. Collection by Kimeke.


Andrews, C., Wright, S. E., & Raskin, H. (2016). Library learning spaces: Investigating libraries and investing in student feedback. Journal of Library Administration56(6), 647-672. [DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2015.1105556]

The article can also be retrieved from

Barclay, D. A., & Scott, E. D. (2011). The library renovation, maintenance, and construction handbook. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers. []

Christopher S. (2015). Building with Purpose: A Quantitative Overview and Analysis of New U.S. Academic Library Construction, 2000–2014. Retrieved November 20, 2018, from

Foster, N. F., & Gibbons, S. L. (Ed.). (2007). Study students: The undergraduate research project at the University of Rochester. Chicago: American Library Association. []

Head, A. (2016). Planning and Designing Academic Library Learning Spaces: Expert Perspectives of Architects, Librarians, and Library Consultants. Retrieved November 20, 2018, from

Jochumsen, H., Skot-Hansen, D., & Hvenegaard Rasmussen, C. (2017). Towards Culture 3.0–performative space in the public library. International Journal of Cultural Policy23(4), 512-524. [DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2015.1043291]

Karasic, V. (2016). From Commons to Classroom: The Evolution of Learning Spaces in Academic Libraries. Journal of Learning Spaces, 5(2), 53-60.

The article can also be retrieved from

Leighton, P. D., Weber, D. C., & Metcalf, K. D. (1999). Planning academic and research library buildings. Chicago: American Library Association. []

Sannwald, W. W. (2016). Checklist of library building design considerations. Chicago: American Library Association. []

Shill, H. B., & Tonner, S. (2004). Does the building still matter? Usage patterns in new, expanded, and renovated libraries, 1995–2002. College & Research Libraries65(2), 123-150. [DOI: 10.5860/crl.65.2.123]

Shill, H. B., & Tonner, S. (2003). Creating a better place: Physical improvements in academic libraries, 1995–2002. College & Research Libraries64(6), 431-466. [DOI: 10.5860/crl.64.6.431]

Sullivan M. (2017). Designing for Community: 10 Essential Library Spaces. Retrieved November 20, 2018, from