605 CMR 6.06(2)(a): A completed library building program using a 20-year horizon...shall include:
1. A current community analysis including demography, location, governmental organization and community structure.
2. An institutional analysis including history of the library, philosophy of library service, staffing, library collections, finances and a brief history of the previous and current planning efforts for improvements to the physical plant.
3. A section on facility space requirements including a description of space needs by program area and relationships between the areas, and addressing the requirements and implications of new technologies and new information formats.
4. A summary of facility space requirements in the form of a table.
The building program must concentrate on telling the architect what must be done, not how it should be done! The major contribution made by the architect to the project is skill in design. Therefore, the program should deal in concepts, information and data. No attempt should be made to draw floor plans or to use other devices to force a particular solution on the design professionals.
--From Planning Library Buildings and Facilities: From Concept to Completion (1989), p. 44, by Raymond M. Holt