Creating the High-Functioning Library Space
Expert Advice from Librarians, Architects, and Designers
by Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, Editor
November 2016, 158pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4058-6
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Reading this book is like sitting down with a knowledgeable, impartial consultant before beginning a major library renovation project.

This book provides practical information and insights to library administrators and building plan team members at academic and public libraries who are considering or starting a library expansion or reconfiguration of existing space.

Building a new library or expanding or renovating an existing building brings up a host of questions and concerns, not the least of which involves the future of the library. This book addresses those issues in light of an overarching positive vision of libraries and their evolving purposes and roles in the 21st century.

This guide identifies and addresses all of the steps in the building process, including preparing the request for proposal (RFP), selecting the right architect for the job, developing a financial contingency plan, and managing stakeholders’ expectations. The book presents both the perspectives and experience of library administrators and management personnel as well as the insights of accomplished library architects and designers. It provides thorough, practical, and current guidance in a process that library administrators often find daunting and “risk immersive.” Reading this book is like sitting down with a knowledgeable, impartial consultant before beginning a major renovation project—a tremendous asset for library administrators as well as architectural firms.


  • Covers all of the steps in the building process, from preparing the RFP and selecting an architect to developing a financial contingency plan and managing community and staff expectations
  • Includes contributions from some of the most accomplished library architects and designers from across the nation
  • Presents information of great relevance and interest to library administrators as well as to architectural firms that work with libraries
Marta Mestrovic Deyrup is a head of Technical Services as well as liaison to modern and classical languages and English at Seton Hall University Libraries. She is the author/editor of nine books, including Librarian's Guide to Writing for Professional Publication (Libraries Unlimited, 2018).


"A guide to the establishment of a public or academic library, Deyrup’s overview outlines priorities. The thirteen chapters coordinate the writings of sixteen experts in architecture, interior design, and library services. Essential to the planning stages, descriptions of community and campus evaluations and user needs precede the hiring of structural consultants. . . . This text is recommended for an audience needing a guide for the titular purpose."—VOYA, February 1, 2017

"By gathering the best of the best in one volume, Dr. Deyrup enables librarians to better plan and integrate design changes in libraries that will serve the technological and cultural needs of their patrons. . . . Primarily aimed at academic and public libraries, librarians can read the entire book or pick and choose which chapters to read depending on their level of involvement in the renovation process. Having just undergone major renovation projects at two of our three library locations, I wish this book had been published a couple of years earlier as I know that all the staff could have benefited from this comprehensive volume."—Public Library Quarterly, July 27, 2018

"As several chapter authors point out, new buildings must take on the challenge of planning not just for the present but also for the future. With the accelerated pace of growth and change in the library field, that is no simple task, but Creating the High-Functioning Library Space is an excellent place to start. . . . I recommend this book in its entirety to any librarian considering a renovation in the future. I also recommend relevant chapters to librarians at any stage of a current renovation who need guidance on a specific issue."—College & Research Libraries, November 2, 2018

"This book is a must read for anyone considering or engaged in a library design or redesign project, whether librarians, technologists, architects or designers. I would recommend buying multiple copies for everyone on your project team and your administration because everyone involved in library space planning should read this book."—Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, February 8, 2018
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