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MPLCP Construction 2016: Contacts & Resources


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Selected Resources

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.

Contact Us

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Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program

98 N. Washington St., Ste 401
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
800-952-7403 (in MA)
617-725-0140 (fax)

Need more information or help along the way?

Lauren Stara, Library Building Specialist
617-725-1860, x245

Andrea Bunker, Library Building Specialist
617-725-1860 x246