Creating the High-Functioning Library Space: Expert Advice from Librarians, Architects, and Designers. Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, ed. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2017. 158p. Paper $70.00 (ISBN 978-1-4408-4058-6).

Dana Hart


In my mind, renovations and expansions fall into the same category as fundraising and staff supervision: no one ever mentioned them in library school, but somehow they sneaked in and became my entire job. Unlike most other administrative functions, however, major renovations and expansions come along rarely, and most librarians will work on only a scant few such projects in their careers, if any. That means the majority of library administrators overseeing building projects are either doing it for the first time or haven’t done so in quite a while. Happily, we can now count Creating the High-Functioning Library Space in our toolkit for library-building projects.

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