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The Creative Reuse of Disused Structures
Collaborative Strategies to Ensure Success

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As libraries continue to evolve, there is the opportunity to reimagine these places to meet the needs of contemporary and potential users. The library master plan provides a road map to answer the question: what is the library of the future? Through an integrated process that combines art (quantitative evidence) and science (qualitative aspects), architects and designers can work with library communities to re-envision spaces and programmes based on progressive pedagogy and opportunities for new interactions.

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This paper explores the genesis and building process of the Kooperative Speicherbibliothek Schweiz/Cooperative Storage Library Switzerland (CSLS) in Buron and outlines its operation during the first two years since inauguration, while also describing the institutions that govern the CSLS and the solutions found for the various governance and business challenges.

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In order to preserve printed collections, academic libraries need sufficient storage capacities and favourable storage conditions. This chapter will focus on one of the outstanding examples of such a storage library in Germany, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Speicherbibliothek/Bavarian Storage Facility Garching. The storage library in Garching was built to serve as an auxiliary stack building for the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek/Bavarian State Library. With an acquisition rate of up to 140,000 volumes per year, the Bavarian State Library was forced to move substantial portions of its holdings to off-site locations, away from the main library building in the Munich city centre. The chosen location was Garching, a northern suburb, where the storage library lies in close proximity to other research institutions and is part of one of the largest research campuses in Germany. Designed as an industrial building, the Garching buildings are a modular and extensible storage facility which features compact mobile shelving systems. The first building was finished in 1988, the second building in 2005, while a third building has been approved for funding and is expected to be finished in the early 2020s. The chapter describes the genesis and development of the Bavarian Storage Facility Garching, emphasising the necessity for long-term government funding.

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Librarians and library planners can work directly with communities to craft narratives that will describe their future libraries. The outcomes of this collaborative process become the criteria by which library building design options are evaluated. The process of developing the criteria and deriving designs builds community cohesion and community consensus behind library projects and ultimately creates better libraries. Outlined in this paper are basic organisational structures for interacting with communities via activities and tools that are digital and tangible, as well as graphical and narrative. The approach is illustrated with case studies describing the process and the completed buildings, or building designs for unbuilt projects, that have employed a range of community engagement techniques. Case studies include the 43,000 square foot (3995 square metres) newly constructed 2017 AIA/ALA award winning Varina Area Library in Henrico County, Virginia, as well as in-progress library projects: Seekonk Library, Seekonk Massachusetts; Forrer Learning Commons, Bridgewater College, Virginia; Wayland Free Public Library, Wayland, Massachusetts; and the Fairfield Area Library, Henrico County, Virginia. The following techniques were employed and evaluated: - Encouraging participation with online community surveys, employing preliminary feedback loops - Hosting hands‐on community drawing exercises illustrating “How I use the Library” as a basis for communicating and documenting the diversity of use patterns in current facilities - Telling “A Day in the Life” stories about future library activities and resources - Establishing future library facility goals on a space‐by‐space basis to supplement big picture aspirations, using community focus groups - Incorporating community evaluations of facility design solutions as they evolve - Graphically indicating how various elements of the community demographic will extract value from a future library based on use patterns anticipated and illustrated by individuals from the community Employing these processes, a community can write the story about its future library, assess the graphics to illustrate the story, and document understandings and anticipation of future use.