This comprehensive reference examines the changing role and design
of library buildings, using a critical examination of recent
examples from around the world. The authors, who represent the
views of the architect and the client, outline the history and
changing typology of the library. They examine the new national,
public, academic and specialist libraries using numerous
international examples including Sri Lanka, Vancouver,
Johannesburg, Paris and London. New design advice and technical
data is presented to illustrate the many approaches that designers
have taken in creating a building with many diverse functions. The
book concludes with speculations about the future of the library as
a place for storing, reflecting upon and exchanging knowledge.
Libraries are undergoing fundamental change as new technology
liberates the library from its dependence upon the written word.
Increasingly libraries are seen as learning resource centres with a
smooth interface between computer-based access and traditional book
and journal material.
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