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Library As A Place

Modern Public Library Design and Patron Service
Presented by: Heidi E. Hansen LIS 6120 – Access to Information

“Library as a Place”
• “Place-making involves the art and science of

crafting spaces in ways that transcend their physical attributes.” (Demas & Scherer, 2002, p. 65) • The 21st Century Library
– – – – – Collaboration Acoustically Separated Space Complete Quiet Zones Technology Access Logical Placement of Collections & Services

• Recent Innovations

– Ergonomics – Bookstore Marketing – Sustainable Design
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Timeline: History of New Library Construction & Innovations
1860 1880 1900 1920 1940 1960 1980 2000 “Atrium” Designs

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Boston Public Library

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Timeline: History of New Library Construction & Innovations
1860 1880 1900 1920 1940 1960 1980 2000 “Atrium” Designs Carnegie Libraries

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Carnegie Library Pittsburgh

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Timeline: History of New Library Construction & Innovations
1860 1880 1900 1920 1940 1960 1980 2000 “Atrium” Designs Carnegie Libraries Open Stacks

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Open Stacks

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Timeline: History of New Library Construction & Innovations
1860 1880 1900 1920 1940 1960 1980 2000 “Atrium” Designs Carnegie Libraries Open Stacks “People’s Universities”

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Detroit Public Library

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Timeline: History of New Library Construction & Innovations
1860 1880 1900 1920 1940 1960 1980 2000 “Atrium” Designs Carnegie Libraries Open Stacks “People’s Universities”
Modular Libraries

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Seattle Public Library – 1960 Main

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Timeline: History of New Library Construction & Innovations
1860 1880 1900 1920 1940 1960 1980 2000 “Atrium” Designs Carnegie Libraries Open Stacks “People’s Universities” ALA Library Standards
Modular Libraries

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Seattle Public Library – 2004 Main

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“Library Millennial” (Observation Library)
• Constructed in 2001 • $15.1 million construction project • 60,000 square feet

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“Library Millennial”: Ground Floor

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“Library Millennial”: Second Floor

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Resources
• Bibliography – Lushington, N. (2002). Libraries designed for users a 21st century guide. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers. Photo Credits – Demas, S. G., & Scherer, J. A. (2002). Esprit de place; maintaining and designing library buildings to provide transcendent spaces. American Libraries, 33(4), 65-68. Retrieved December 3, 2006, from Library Literature & Information Science database. • Photo Credits – Boston Public Library: Flickr.com – pianoforte – Carnegie Library Pittsburgh: Flickr.com - rmcgervey – Open Stacks: Flickr.com – Chas Redmond – Detroit Public Library: Flickr.com - helifxer97 – Seattle Public Library (1960 Main): HistoryLink.org – Seattle Public Library (2004 Main): Flickr.com Frankphotos
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