Aims and Mission
To provide a web based resource devoted to sharing best practice in the planning and design of library spaces of value for anyone with an interest or involvement in library design and building projects. The portal incorporates a database of library building projects from 1990 - 2011; image galleries; news on library building projects, events and publications; RSS feeds; links to hundreds of information resources and the opportunity to interact with others in the field. Designing Libraries aims to be the focus of an active community of librarians, architects, planners and others interested in library design.
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Designing Libraries is an information resource and a forum for anyone with an interest in or involvement with library planning and design.
- A database of descriptions and images which can accommodate records of library building projects, including new builds, conversions and refurbishments for public, academic, school and national libraries, throughout the world. Currently there are more than 400 database records mainly from the public and higher education sectors, for projects dating from 1990- . The database can be searched by a wide range of characteristics to provide you with ideas or identify relevant projects to follow up in more detail.
- Image galleries
- News on library building projects, events and publications
- Information resources. Links to hundreds of resources on all aspects of library planning and design
- Ideas interchange through the LIBRARY-DESIGN email list
Future plans include the inclusion on the site of analysis of library design trends based on the contents of the Designing Libraries database and expert comment and analysis from librarians, architects and others.
The site will also offer opportunities for advertising and sponsorship to companies and individuals wanting to address the library design and building market.
Although Designing Libraries cannot recommend particular products or companies and cannot comment on particular design projects we will do what we can to guide enquirers to resources on the Designing Libraries site or elsewhere, which may provide answers to their enquiries. The LIBRARY-DESIGN list may also provide helpful input from professional colleagues.
Designing Libraries is provided by Aberystwyth University with support from our Partners and Sponsors.