Even the most cramped and worn-out library has good qualities.
Conversely, the newest and finest have flaws. Remember this. No building is perfect.
It's important that you bring the best of the old into the new, and jettison as many negatives as possible. Think about the questions below -- and perhaps use them as the basis for a community or Building Committee workshop:
Take a hard look at your current facility and ask yourself these questions:
Another tool to help you analyze your existing building is the questionnaire at the bottom of the Needs Assessment page.
While you're analyzing your building, visit as many libraries as possible, especially recently-constructed or renovated ones that are similar in size and context to yours. Ask the director for a tour; scrutinize everything. Ask the staff what they love and what they wish they'd done differently. Take notes and photos. Learn from their mistakes!