By: Michael Dewe
354 pages, Illus
The aim of this book is to save the librarian's time, perhaps stop the reinvention of the wheel on occasions, and to guide and enlighten the librarian's thought processes in the belief that a better public library building will result. In addition to concepts and issues, the book also discusses the basic principles and practices of the planning and design of public library buildings. These have been described at various times in the past but necessarily need to be reiterated for today's librarians. The work is intended primarily for a British audience and records matters that relate to that UK context. However, the experiences and library buildings of other countries are drawn on and a number highlighted as case studies. This wide-ranging coverage should broaden its appeal to an international audience. The book demonstrates that the UK continues to create public library service points, both big and small, that enliven and shape its local communities and that this is part of the world-wide public library scene.
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