The State Library can provide you with assistance when you are planning renovations, extensions or new buildings
Public Library buildings continue to change and develop. It's important to remember that mobile libraries provide crucial services in areas where people do not have convenient access to a library building.
People places: A guide for public library buildings in NSWPeople places: A guide for public library buildings in NSW
Sydney: Library Council of New South Wales, Third edition 2012, is an important planning tool for New South Wales public libraries. This publication, endorsed by the Library Council of New South Wales, contains practical advice and tools to assist in the planning of public library buildings to meet the needs of your community.
For enquiries about the hard copy publication, please contact Public Library Services.
Tools and templates to help you plan your library building
The following People Places tools and templates are also provided to assist with library building planning.Service Based Benchmark spreadsheet
Library design examples
As part of the development of People Places 3rd Edition, FJMT architects compiled examples of library designs:American Libraries
Public library buildings image gallery
Public Library Services staff have added images of public libraries to Flickr to provide ideas and inspiration for New South Wales public library staff who are planning changes to their libraries. These images will help with plans for renovations and rebuilding.
We have set up two groups to enable public libraries to share images of their libraries with us and with each other. One group is for New South Wales public libraries to add their images to, and the other is for public libraries from the rest of Australia and the world.
Note: your images will need to be geotagged for them to be added to these groups.
Other useful links
- Library building and design: State Library of Queensland
- Designing libraries: the gateway to better library design
- Libris Design
Mobile libraries and outreach services
Mobile libraries and outreach service models in NSW public libraries
The State Library of NSW commissioned a project to explore the mobile and outreach services that are currently offered by NSW public libraries. The report identifies the range and scope of NSW public library mobile and outreach service models; explores the strengths, weaknesses, benefits and opportunities of different outreach models and provides good practice guidelines for outreach service models in NSW public libraries.
- NSW Public Libraries Association
- Mobile library occupational health and safety best practice guidelines, prepared by Country Public Libraries Group of Victoria
- Queensland Public Library Standards and Guidelines - Mobile Libraries Standard (June 2009)
- IFLA Mobile Library Guidelines