Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

Public Libraries Are People Places

Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

Public Libraries Are People Places

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The survey of Australia's public libraries described in my December 2000 editorial showed that inadequate buildings and space--driven often by the new technology--are major constraints on them. My conclusion was that a surge in new and extended library buildings in the first decade of this century is required. This is not an easy challenge if local authorities fail, as they often do, to give priority to their public library as by far the most heavily used community service they provide.

Coincidental with that editorial, I received a handsome publication from the Building and Planning Service of the State Library of NSW which is led by the sagacious Dr David Jones. People places: a guide for public library buildings in NSW provides a detailed description of the planning process for a new, extended or remodelled public library (forget about the NSW--it has universal applicability). In seven sections it has a wealth of advice on the role of the public library, political and domestic issues, assessing local needs and space guidelines. …

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