The repositories of human wisdom and experience through the ages, libraries are one of our most valuable cultural resources. This stimulating volume showcases some of the most interesting library design trends and developments from around the world. Covering both public and private libraries, as well as bookstores, you?ll see a wide variety of ways to arrange and store books. Also included are descriptions and recommendations for the finest library fittings and furnishings available plus a directory of resources and suppliers. What factors distinguish a truly great library? Browse this valuable reference to find out for yourself?