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Research Guides

Library Planning and Design

  • Bazillion, Richard J.  Academic Libraries as High-Tech Gateways: A Guide to Design & Space Decisions. Chicago: American Library Association, 2001.
    HUNT STACKS-4  Z679.2 .U54 B39 2001 
  • Edwards, Brian. Libraries and Learning Resource Centres. Oxford; Boston: Architectural Press, 2002;2009.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 Z679 .E35 2009
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 Z679 .E35 2002

  • Leighton, Philip D.  Planning Academic and Research Library Buildings.  Chicago: American Library Association, 1999.
    HUNT FA-REF-4  Z679.5 .L45 2000
    The "Bible" of academic library planning though now somewhat dated.

  • Lushington, Nolan, Wolfgang Rudorf, and Liliane Wong. Libraries: A Design Manual. Basel: Birkhàˆuser, 2016.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-3 Z679 .L87 2016

  • Oblinger, Diana G., editor. Learning Spaces: an EDUCAUSE E-book.  Washington, D.C.: Educause, 2006.
  • Webb, T. D.  Bulding Libraries for the 21st Century: The Shape of Information.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc.,  2000.
    HUNT STACKS-3 Z679 .B945 2000 

Case Studies

See also right column for case studies in special issues of journals.  For specific buildings search for articles in the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals.

  • Broto, Charles.  Library Inovation and Design. Barcelona: Links, 2014.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-3 Z679 .B885 2014

  • Crosbie, Michael J. Architecture for the Books. Mulgrave, Vic.: Images, 2003.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 Z679 .C776 2003
  • Designing Libraries (UK)

  • Futagawa, Yukio. Library. Tokyo: ADA Edita, 2006.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-2 Z679 .L52 2006

  • Li, Chan. Libraries: Tu Shu Guan. Shenyang: Liaoning ke xue ji shu chu ban she, 2011.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-2 Z679 .L54 2011
  • Library Builders. London: Academy Editions, 1997.
    OVRSZQ-2 Z679 .L53 1997
  • (National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe)
  • Mattern, Shannon Christine.  The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.
    HUNT STACKS-4 Z679.2 .U54 M327 2007

  • Roth, Manuela.  Library Architecture + Design.  Salenstein: Braun; London: Thames & Hudson, 2011.
    HUNT STACKS-3 Z679 .R68 2011
  • Worpole, Ken. Contemporary Library Architecture: A Planning and Design Guide. London: Routledge, 2013.
    OVRSZQ-3 Z679 .W83 2013


  • Battles, Matthew.  Library: An Unquiet History.  New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003.
    HUNT STACKS-3Z721 .B28 2004

  • Designers & Books
    The books that inspire the world’s esteemed designers.
  • Dijkstra, Rients et al. The Architecture of Knowledge: The Library of the Future = De Architektuur Van Kennis : De Bibliotheek Van De Toekomst. Rotterdam: New York, NY: NAi Publishers, 2010.
    HUNT STACKS-3Z679 .A69 2010

  • Hastings, Sascha et al. Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination. Cambridge, Ont.: Cambridge Galleries Design at Riverside, 2008.
    HUNT STACKS-3Z679 .L64 2008
  • HathiTrust Digital Library
    Millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

  • Internet Archive
    Universal access to all knowledge!

  • Kaser, David.  The Evolution of the American Academic Library Building. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1997.
    HUNT STACKS-4 Z679.2 .U54 K37 1997
  • Lerner, Frederick Andrew.  The Story of Libraries: From the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age. New York: Continuum, 2009.
    HUNT STACKS-3Z721 .L565 2009
  • The Library as Incubator Project
    Highlights ways that libraries and artists work together.
  • Living library: Wiel Arets: Utrecht University Library. New York: Prestel Pub., 2005.
    HUNT STACKS-3Z679.2 .N4 L58 2005

  • No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century.  Washington, D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources, 2008.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-2 Z675 .R45 N53 2008
  • Oehlerts, Donald E.  Books and Blueprints: Building America's Public Libraries.  New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.
    HUNT STACKS-4  Z679.2 .U54 O44 1991
  • Smet, Catherine de.  Le Corbusier, Architect of Books. Baden, Switzerland: Lars Müller Publishers, 2005.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 NA1053 .J4 S46 2005

  • Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books.  New Haven, CT: Yale University Press; New York: Urban Center Books, 2009.
    HUNT STACKS-4  NA2597 .U56 2009

  • Van Slyck, Abigail A.  Free to All: Carnegie Libraries & American Culture, 1890-1920.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.
    HUNT STACKS-4  Z679.2 .U54 V36 1995

  • WorldCat
    The world's largest library catalog.

Research Tips

  • Browse books on libraries with call numbers Z679 and these locations:

  • Search for books on libraries in Cameo, Carnegie Mellon's Library Catalog, using the name of the library, or the name of the architect, or search terms like the following, using <Subject> search.
    • library architecture
    • library buildings
  • Search for articles on libraries in the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals using the name of the library.
  • Search for articles on libraries in Library Literature & Information Science Full Text using the search terms <architecture and building> and the name of the town or city.

More Case Studies

American Libraries: Library Design Showcase 2016

Browse earlier issues at:
American Libraries: Archives



Library Journal: Year in Architecture 2016