Welcome to Academic Library Building Design: Resources for Planning. In response to frequent inquiries for information about planning academic library buildings and space, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures have joined forces to provide a basic framework for architects, planners, and librarians embarking on the planning and design of libraries for higher education. This Guide will provide information for thinking about the design of new and renovated library space and point toward additional resources that can support, inform and enhance the academic library design process.
College and research libraries present increasingly complex challenges based on:
To begin the work of designing new library space, there are several important documents and resources that planners may wish to review. These include: