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Library Buildings and Construction

Library Space Planning Guide and Worksheet

Using this Guide and its accompanying Worksheet, librarians and trustees can obtain a general estimate of their library's space needs and help initiate a larger facility planning process. The Division of Library Development updated this guide and worksheet in 2021.

The Space Planning Guidelines call for library building plans for the next 10-20 years. In line with the United States Census, the Space Planning Worksheet uses 10years for community needs assessment, population projections.

The Library Area Work Form provided above is an important concept and tool for use in developing the Building Program, which is a necessary step in library design, these books from the professional development collection at the Middletown Library Service Center have particularly helpful chapters about writing a library Building Program:

A bibliography of additional books and websites related to library design is available in the box below.


We have an extensive collection of books on library design and construction projects in the professional development collection at the Middletown Library Service Center. You can search the state library catalog for these subject headings and place a hold or call the Service Center at 860-704-2200 to have the books sent to you via deliverIT. You can also visit the service center to browse and check out books in person.

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