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Other libraries, whose major roles included a concentration of collections and programs for preschool children, designed their children’s collection areas as destinations, spaces that are inviting and attractive in and of themselves. Many libraries saw opportunities to expand their Friends of the Library usedbook-sale businesses to include gifts of museum-shop quality and food service vending to augment library budgets and attract visitors. Staff amenities have expanded to include break rooms with reclining lounge chairs, private departmental conference and training facilities, and showers and exercise facilities.
These buildings rely almost completely on artiﬁcial lighting and sophisticated air-conditioning systems to function, with the concomitant high-maintenance costs. The large box remains the favored plan for new libraries due to the ﬂexibility it allows in the layout of collections. From an environmental perspective, such buildings are inﬂexible, because they lock their owners into a future of high-energy usage to control a wholly artiﬁcial environment. 3. New York Public Library: ground-floor plan.
Library Journal 126 (19): 40–41. Leighton, Philip D, and David C. Weber. 2000. Planning Academic and Research Library Buildings. 3d ed. Chicago: American Library Association. ” 1997. LAMA-BCUL program, American Library Association National Conference, San Francisco, 29 June. Young, Jeffery R. 1997. ” Chronicle of Higher Education (17 October): A27–28. 30 3 GREENING THE LIBRARY: AN OVERVIEW OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN Alexander P. Lamis INTRODUCTION Sustainable design denotes a broad, philosophical approach that attempts to maximize the quality and utility of buildings while minimizing their impact on the surrounding environment.