A few resources that may be helpful:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Inspector General: Designing and Constructing Public Facilities, 2014 (pdf).
An outline of the requirements for designer selection for public buildings.
Library Leadership & Management Association, American Library Association: Building Blocks for Planning Functional Library Space, 3rd ed., Scarecrow Press, 2011.
This book contains information on how much space to allocate for various pieces of equipment and furnishings in a library. The MBLC library has multiple copies for loan.
Massachusetts Municipal Association: Recommended Practices for Hiring Owner's Project Managers, Edition I (pdf).
Procedures to follow when hiring an OPM for a public construction project.
Schmidt, Aaron and Amanda Etches: Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to Your Library, ALA Editions, 2014.
An excellent introduction to putting yourself in the user's shoes when designing a library.
The Whole Building Design Guide: Public Libraries Building Type (website).
A good primer on the issues facing public libraries, written from the perspective of a building professional.
Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program
98 N. Washington St., Ste 401
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
800-952-7403 (in MA)
Need more information or help along the way?
Lauren Stara, Library Building Specialist