Planning Optimal Library Spaces: Principles, Process, and Practices demystifies library space planning, inspires creative thinking, and offers immediate how-to steps to transform existing or new libraries. The book describes a process to library space planning that combines a phased implementation strategy with traditional space planning to allow transformations and renovations to be delivered as a single project or a series of smaller, separate, and more manageable phased interventions.  Chapters cover: the design approach, importance of community engagement meetings, collection storage strategies, anatomy of a library project budget, recommendations for getting started, and case studies of both public and academic library projects.

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Author of Planing Optimal Library Spaces David Moore

David is a Principal and the Higher Education Studio Leader at McMillan Pazdan Smith who also leads the firms dedicated Library Design Team.   He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Clemson University and resides in South Carolina with his wife and two children.  For nearly 25 years David worked almost exclusively with libraries, is an accomplished speaker and lecturer on library design and sustainability, and is responsible for the design of many award-winning libraries throughout the Southeast.  David has also authored numerous library building programs, feasibility studies and master plans for academic, public and private institutions with an emphasis for identifying strategies to increase efficiency, functionality and capacity. 




  • Aiken-Bamberg-Barnwell-Edgefield (ABBE) Library System

  • Appalachian State University

  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

  • Charleston County Public Library 

  • City of Falls Church

  • Clayton State University

  • Clemson University

  • Cleveland County Library System

  • Cobb County Public Library System

  • Columbus State University

  • Flint River Regional Library System

  • Francis Marion University

  • Lander University

  • Lees McRae College

  • Louisiana State University

  • Marshes of Glynn Libraries

  • Meredith College

  • Monroe County Library System

  • Moultrie-Colquitt County Library 

  • Queens University of Charlotte

  • Richland County Public Library System

  • Salem College

  • San Jose State University

  • San Jose Public Library System

  • St. Simons Island Public Library

  • The Westminster Schools

  • University of North Carolina at Asheville

  • University of the South (Sewanee)

  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

  • Vanderbilt University

  • Willimantic Public Library System

  • Wake County Public Libraries


David’s work has been featured in national publications including Contract Magazine, American Libraries, College Planning & Management and the Library Journal.  He has been a featured speaker at regional and national SCUP, APPA, NACUBO, PLA and ALA Conferences throughout the country and has also spoken at dozens of State and Regional library conferences including SELA, SCLA, GLA and FLA.