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Focusing on the practical issues which need to be addressed by anyone involved in library design, here Ken Worpole offers his renowned expertise to architects, planners, library professionals, students, local government officers and members interested in creating and sustaining successful library buildings and services. Contemporary Library Architecture: A Planning and Design Guidefeatures: A brief history of library architecture An account of some of the most distinctive new library designs of the 20th & 21stcenturies An outline of the process for developing a successful brief and establishing a project management team A delineation of the commissioning process Practical advice on how to deal with vital elements such as public accessibility , stock-holding , ICT , Back office functions , Children's services , Co-location with other services such as learning centres and tourist & information services an sustainability In depth case studies from around the world, including public and academic libraries from the UK, Europe and the US Full colour illustrations throughout, showing technical details and photographs This book is the ultimate guide for anyone approaching library design.