Libraries and Learning Resource Centres

2nd Edition

Authors: Brian Edwards
Paperback ISBN: 9781856176194
Imprint: Architectural Press
Published Date: 18th March 2009
Page Count: 288


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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.

Key Features

  • Still the only book to provide comprehensive coverage of library design from an international perspective, giving a much wider range of design information than other publications
  • Gives practical guidance on the most important aspects of library design: balancing the needs of the collection and the needs of the user
  • Includes technical data in relation to building standards for the professional architect


Professional architects

Table of Contents

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


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About the Author

Brian Edwards

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Denmark