Architecture for Public Libraries File, 1959, 1962-1975, 1979
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Brief Description: Subject file of Architecture for Public Libraries contains a complete list of building folders and slides available on interlibrary loan from the ALA headquarters library and representative folders of entries submitted for the Library Buildings Award Program, includes construction costs, volume capacity data, photographs, slides, and reports on Atlantic Coast, Middle, and Western States libraries (1979).
Held at:
The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 27/10/2
Created by: Buildings and Equipment Section (LAMA), Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)
Volume: 0.6 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 10/07/1975. 11/19/1979
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Arrangement: Arranged by subject title and by library thereunder
Biographical Note for Buildings and Equipment Section (LAMA) :

The Buildings and Equipment Section is one of seven sections within the Library Administration and Management Association and has been a part of the Division since 1975 (1). Prior to 1957 each of the ALA divisions maintained separate building committees. Chairpersons of the division-level building committees belonged to the ALA Building Committee (so named on February 1, 1952) that was designated the Library Architecture and Building Planning Committee upon its creation in 1932 by the Council (2). The Building and Equipment Section Exercises responsibility for all matters pertaining to aspects of library architecture, including interior design, site selection, building maintenance, plumbing, and planning (3). The Section currently consists of ten Committees and one Discussion Group (4).

Committees and Year Established:

Executive, 1957

Architecture for Public Libraries, 1957

Building for College and University Libraries, 1957

Equipment, 1957

Library Building Awards, 1978

Library Buildings Consultant List (ad hoc), 1980

Nominating, 1988

Nominating, 1989 (Practice of establishing nominating committees for 2 consective years began in 1986)

School Library/Media Facilities, 1976

Standards for Physical Space Requirements for Libraries (ad hoc), 1987

Discussion Group:

Library Facilities Planning, 1988

Subject Index
Building and Equipment Section, Lama
Library Buildings Award Program
Photographs, Buildings
Languages of Materials
English [eng]