Reading is the most important task in libraries. Proper lighting is crucial to the overall success of a library. Good lighting design in library buildings is the result of both technical skill and art on the part of the designer. This is particularly true in newer buildings where visual tasks are more diverse and technology poses new types of lighting requirements.
The following text discusses the most important issues in lighting design for modern libraries. It is not an instruction manual on how to light a library, but it sets specific criteria that, if met, will avoid major mistakes. These criteria also can be used as a checklist for assessing the lighting in an existing library to see if improvements are needed.
Download "Lighting for Libraries" from http://www.librisdesign.org/docs/LightingLibraries.pdf for more details.