Libraries and Learning Resource Centres is a comprehensive reference text examining the changing role and design of library buildings. Critical evaluations of international case studies demonstrate the principles of library design.
Available for the first time in full colour, the second edition of the work focuses particularly on the important question of access and design in public libraries. Updated case studies and technical data allow the professional architect to use the book directly in planning library projects.
Providing guidance on balancing the needs of the collection and the user, Libraries and Learning Resource Centres will be of value to all professional architects involved in library planning.
Author of ten books on architecture, his main concern is with design innovation and environmental issues in architecture and urban design. He has published three books with Architectural Press (Butterworth-Heinemann) and is the author of over 200 journal articles from The Architectural Review to The Architects' Journal and Urban Design Quarterly. Brian Edwards draws upon several years in practise as an architect or urban planner in his research, writing and teaching. He currently serves on the RIBA Energy and Environment Committee and is a member of Kirklees Council's Sustainable Development Agenda 21 group.
Part One: The History of the Library; 1. History: form and meaning in library design. Part Two: Planning the library; 2. Location and site factors, 3. Planning the library, 4. Space design. Part Three: Technical issues; 5. Impact of new technology, 6. Technical factors and engineering design, 7. Refurbishment, 8. Furniture and shelving design. Part Four: Library types; 9. The national library, 10. The public library, 11. The university library, 12. The Specialist Library. Part Five: Speculations; 13. The future