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Academic Library Building Design: Resources for Planning: Space Planning

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.

Space Planning

Updated November 2018


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

Deyrup, Marta Mestrovic (Ed.). (2016). Creating the high-functioning library space: expert advice from librarians, architects, and designers.  Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC.


Freeman, G., & Council on Library and Information Resources. (2005). Library as place: Rethinking roles, rethinking space (Perspectives on the evolving library). Washington, D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources.

Gisolfi, P. (2018). Collaborative library design: From planning to impact. Chicago: American Library Association.

Griffey, J., Kung, J. Y. C., Bradley, J., Tomlin, P., Mathews, B., & ALA TechSource. (2018). Library spaces and smart buildings: Technology, metrics, and iterative design.  Chicago: ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association.

Kellert, S. (2018). Nature by design: The practice of biophilic design. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Kellert, S., Heerwagen, J., & Mador, M. (2008). Biophilic design: The theory, science, and practice of bringing buildings to life. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.

Kowalsky, M., & Woodruff, J. (2017). Creating inclusive library environments: A planning guide for serving patrons with disabilities. Chicago: ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association.

Kroski, E. (Ed.). (2017). The Makerspace librarian's sourcebook. Chicago: ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association.

Mathews, B., Soistmann, L., & Association of College and Reference Libraries (U.S.). (2016). Encoding space: Shaping learning environments that unlock human potential. Chicago: ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association).

Moore, D., II,, & Shoaf, E. (2018). Planning optimal library spaces: Principles, processes, and practices. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Redesigning the College Library Building, 2014 Edition (2013).  New York: Primary Researchb Group.

Sannwald, W. W. (2016). Checklist of library building design considerations.  Chicago: ALA Editions.

Schlipf, F. & Moorman, J. (2018).  The Practical Handbook of Library Architecture: Creating Building Spaces that Work. Chicago: ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association.

Sternberg, E. (2010). Healing spaces : The science of place and well-being (First Harvard University Press paperback ed.). Cambridge,Massachusetts.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Stewart, C. (2010). The Academic library building in the digital age: A study of construction, planning, and design of new library space. Chicago, Ill.: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Wilson, E. (1984). Biophilia. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.


Asher, A. D. (2017). Space Use in the Commons: Evaluating a Flexible Library Environment. Evidence Based Library & Information Practice12(2), 68–89. Retrieved from

Bedi, S., & Webb, J. (2017). Through the Students’ Lens: Photographic Methods for Research in Library Spaces. Evidence Based Library & Information Practice12(2), 15–35. Retrieved from

Bieraugel, M., & Neil, S. (2017). Ascending Bloom’s Pyramid: Fostering Student Creativity and Innovation in Academic Library Spaces. College & Research Libraries78(1), 35–52.

Blummer, Barbara, Kenton, Jeffrey. (2017).  Learning Commons in Academic Libraries: Discussing Themes in the Literature from 2001 to the Present. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 23(4), 329-352.  Retrieved from

Chow, T. (2011). Design Implications: How Space Can Transform the Library and Its Public. Progressive Librarian, (36/37), 71–76. Retrieved from

Elmborg, J. K. (2011). Libraries as the Spaces Between Us: Recognizing and Valuing the Third Space. Reference & User Services Quarterly50(4), 338–350. Retrieved from

Guevara, Senovia. (2018). Redefining Library Space. Computers in Libraries, 38(7), 4-8.  Retrieved from


Hillman, Christina, Blackburn, Kourtney, Shamp, Kaitlyn, & Nunez, Chenisvel (2017).  User-focused, User-led: Space Assessment to Transform a Small Academic Library. Evidence Based Library & Information Practice, 12(4), 41-61. Retrieved from


Hollandsworth, Bobby. (2018). Library Space in the Digital Age. Against the Grain, 30(3), 1-12. Retrieved from  (full-text: )

Khoo, M. J., Rozaklis, L., Hall, C., & Kusunoki, D. (2016). “A Really Nice Spot”: Evaluating Place, Space, and Technology in Academic Libraries. College & Research Libraries77(1), 51–70.

Ojala, M. (2008). "Libraries as Place and Space: An IFLA Satellite Conference." Information Today, vol. 26, no. 9, 34-35. Retrieved from    direct=true&db=buh&AN=44408421&site=ehost-live

Oliveira, Silas M. (2018).  Trends in Academic Library Space: From book boxes to learning commons. Open Information Science, 2(1), 59-74.  Retrieved from 

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Sarjeant-Jenkins, Rachel. (2018). A Position of Strength: The Value of Evidence and Change Management in Master Plan Develo.  Library Leadership & Management, 33(1), 1-14. Retrieved from (full-text: )

Schlipf, F., & Moorman, J. A. (2018). REPURPOSE WITH A PURPPOSE: Converting nonlibrary spaces into public libraries. American Libraries49(9/10/2018), 34–39. Retrieved from

Tewell, E., Mullins, K., Tomlin, N., & Dent, V. (2017). Learning about Student Research Practices through an Ethnographic Investigation: Insights into Contact with Librarians and Use of Library Space. Evidence Based Library & Information Practice12(4), 78–101. Retrieved from

Wortman, B. (2012). What Are They Doing and What Do They Want: The Library Spaces Customer Survey at Edmonton Public Library. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library & Information Practice & Research7(2), 1–22. Retrieved from


White Paper

Stewart, C. (2015). Building with purpose: A Quantitative overview and analysis of new U.S. academic library construction, 2000–2014.  Retrieved from


Web Sites and Webcasts:

Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice with Essential Areas to Research


Library Leadership Administration & Management Association (Producer). (2018). Evolution     of Library Interiors: How Design Supports the Expanding Role of Libraries [Video     webinar], Retrieved from


Organizations:  Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture


ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award

LLAMA ALA/AIA Library Building Awards