Monday, September 20, 2010
What To Do with All Those Discarded Books
If a new or renovated school library is in your future, it is time to weed. And weed some more. Keep in mind that moving books is expensive. And storing books is even more expensive. A quick rule of thumb is that 1 square foot is needed for every ten books you will have in your library. Since construction costs are well over $150 per square foot... You do the math. This is why it's so important to have a "lean and mean" print collection. I'm not yet at the point of advocating for all digital libraries, but it is important to determine which format is best for the information you need to make available.
So what do you do with all those discarded books. A week ago I saw a very creative solution from the architecture library of the Delft University of Technology: a remarkable reference desk made out of books.