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Title:Remodeling and expanding Carnegie-era library buildings
Author(s):Schlipf, Fred
Subject(s):Library Buildings
Historic Libraries
Remodeling and Expansion
Abstract:One of the most satisfying undertakings in library building design can be the expansion and remodeling of historic public libraries from the early twentieth century. However, although the logic of preservation and conservation leads to strong public interest in the reuse of existing structures, the costs can be extremely high and the results can be functionally disappointing. Among the major problems frequently faced are modern building codes, load-bearing walls, the difficulty of installing modern HVAC systems, flimsy original construction materials, locations that no longer meet community needs, poor electrical wiring, elderly windows, historic brickwork that is difficult to match, inadequate sites, total inaccessibility for users with disabilities, bad modern lighting, and basements with low ceilings. However, many of these problems can be solved—or at least dealt with—with careful programming and planning, and expansion projects can result in handsome libraries that can serve for a second century.
Issue Date:2014
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In Library Trends 62 (3) Winter 2014: 556-580.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-31

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