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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Resource Guide Collection

MPLCP Library Building Programs: Data Collection Tools

Where to begin?

This downloadable questionnaire helps you focus on what your current building does right and what could be improved. It's a good place to start when embarking on a Needs Assessment.

Field Trip List

How do people use your library building?

This "sweep form" enables staff to conduct an exhaustive observational study. For a two-week period, staff members do an hourly sweep of the library, recording patron activity. This data can be collated and will help inform your space allocation decisions for seating, tables, computer stations, etc.

If your library has significant seasonal variations in use, conducting the study once per quarter can help you understand the building and staffing needs at different times of the year.

The form can be tailored to your library's needs, reduced in scope and/or adapted to focus on individual areas or activities. Thanks to the North Vancouver District Library for this document.

Shelving calculation spreadsheet

Library Building Program Workbook

MBLC staff have developed a workbook to help with the library building program process. Please download these files and use them to format your local information. While the workbook below addresses most elements, there are some that must be integrated throughout, including but not limited to, energy-related goals, DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) goals, and site and exterior considerations. Please see the full list of requirements by consulting 605 CMR 6.06(6)(c)(1).