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Library Buildings and Construction: Library Space Planning

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 facilities planning process. The Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development revised the Guide in 2014. The State Library Board approved the revised version in May 2014. Minor updates were made in 2017.

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.

Books from the Service Center on Space Planning

You can place a hold on these books in our catalog, or call the Middletown Library Service Center at 860-704-2200. We can send the book to your nearest public library.

Construction Grant Contact Information

Maria Bernier, Construction Grant Administrator

Middletown Library Service Center
786 South Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457

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