Library Trends 36 (2) Fall 1987: Library Buildings


Library Trends 36 (2) Fall 1987: Library Buildings. Edited by Anders C. Dahlgren.

It's almost twenty years since Library Trends last devoted an issue to buildings (“University Library Buildings,” edited by David C. Weber, October 1969). Since then, library facilities planners have responded to their share of trends and new developments in library service and construction techniques. But at the same time, many fundamental planning practices have been reaffirmed again and again. So why a buildings issue of Library Trends? The passage of twenty years is reason enough. It was simply time to take a look around the field. It would be useful to report on the ways that space planning has been affected by new technologies and to explore other areas where our current thinking seems to be in transition.

Obviously, the introduction of computer technology has changed the way we deliver library services and the facilities we create to house those services. Automated equipment imposes specific electrical and environmental demands on our library buildings. Lighting the automated work space to avoid glare poses a new sort of challenge. Power distribution becomes a concern. Static control, temperature controls, the list goes on and on. In this issue we have tried to identify some current concerns and some helpful sources that may direct local planners to a solution to the challenge at hand.

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