Have a concrete box of a library from the 1950’s that’s in a perfect spot, too tired to serve but
too expensive to replace? Need for a new library location without enough funds to consider anything other than moving into that
abandoned call center? This session is for you. Learn from an expert panel of librarians, architects, and engineers how to transform
old square spaces into flexible and sustainable people-centric showcases. Tips will range from the basic surface changes to a total makeover. Whether you simply want to wrap a gift bow on your box or fill it with treasure, this session will provide useful information from rehabbing to renovation.
Purpose and objectives:
As libraries transform from collection centered to people centered spaces to meet 21st
Century user demands, they must often be modified. One fiscally responsible choice can be to renovate existing—and often boxy
and uninspired--library structures or to move into and modify storefront locations. Reimagining these spaces and making them
suitable for contemporary use requires many considerations in design, engineering, and branding, which this session will address.
At the end of this program, participants will:
-know recent trends in public library architecture and use of interior spaces
-be able to identify some low-cost options for rehabilitating an older facility.
-be familiar with some successful large-scale renovations and able to apply those ideas to their own projects
-have a better idea of the engineering decisions that need to be made to renovate successfully
Content Area: Transforming: Physical & Virtual Space
Interests: Administration and Management, Buildings and Facilities, Transforming Libraries
Type of Library: Academic, Association, Community College, Consortium, Corporate, Elementary School, Federal, Government, High School, Information-related Organization, Joint Use, Law, Library School, Medical, Middle School, Museum, Native, Nonprofit, Other, Prison Library, Public, Regional System, Research Library, Retired, Rural, School/Media Center, Special, State Library, Tribal, Undergraduate
Sponsors: LLAMA_Buildings and Equipment Community of Practice
Cost: Included with full conference registration.