Library Building Renovation and Construction Resources

This page will be updated regularly to help libraries think about, explore, and plan library construction, renovation, restoration, and expansion.

VT Library Projects / Books from the VTLIB Collection / Comprehensive Library Building and Design Resources / Space Planning & Design Considerations / Historic Building Renovations / Inclusive and Accessible Spaces / Furniture, Fixture, & Equipment / Wayfinding & Signage / Moving a Library / Fundraising & Capital Campaigns

VT Library Projects

Books from the VTLIB Collection (borrow through interlibrary loan)

  • Better by Design: An Introduction to Planning and Designing a New Library Building by Ayub Khan. Facet Publishing. (2009)
  • Collaborative Library Design: From Planning to Impact by Peter Gisolfi. ALA Editions. (2018)
  • Countdown to a New Library: Managing the Building Project by Jeannette A. Woodward. ALA. (2010)
  • The Green Library Planner: What Every Librarian Needs to Know Before Starting to Build or Renovate by Mary M. Carr. The Scarecrow Press, Inc. (2013)
  • The Library Renovation, Maintenance, and Construction Handbook by Donald A. Barclay. Neal-Schuman Publishers. (2011)
  • Library Space Planning: A PLA Guide by David Vinjamuri. Public Library Association. (2019)
  • Managing Your Library Construction Project: A Step-by-Step Guide by Richard C. McCarthy. ALA. (2007)
  • The Practical Handbook of Library Architecture: Creating Building Spaces that Work by Frederick A. Schlipf. ALA. (2018)

Comprehensive Library Building and Design Resources

Space Planning/Design Considerations

Historic Buildings Renovations

Inclusive and Accessible Spaces

Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment (FF&E)

  • Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) - Consortium pricing for library supplies and materials; open to all public and private institutions of higher education, municipalities, schools and educational organizations throughout Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut: https://libraries.vermont.gov/services/MHEC

Wayfinding/Signage

Moving a Library

Fundraising & Capital Campaigns

Library Needs Assessment Survey (HTML) (Word)

(Updated March 19, 2021)