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The Cohen's approach to library planning follows a rational and methodical process, integrating on-site library planning workshops and online / video conferencing sessions. Our studio develops work products that relate to the specifications of public, special and academic libraries; learning and technology spaces; digital collections and library services; library staff and operations planning services.


Since 1972, Aaron Cohen Associates LTD, Library Consultant, has drawn on our wealth of experience in facility planning, organizational development and user needs assessments to improve libraries. We assist academic librarians, public library boards, academic provosts, city managers and community leaders in the assessment and improvement of library services.

Public libraries use our services to understand and improve space utilization, enhancing the usability, relevance and appearance of this cultural and educational resource. We participate on large space planning projects and work independently to assess and develop library planning studies. We consult on new buildings, renovations and expansions on existing building sites. We offer e-resource planning and collection storage studies. Our experience is broad, with projects ranging in size from small public libraries to large national libraries.


We perform ethnographic research for use in library architecture, space planning, interior design and staff operations. We develop library planning reports that outline new service options, library collections, technology, learning spaces and staff operations.

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It is important for libraries to assess their effectiveness.

  • We research library building conditions, integrating new service trends into architectural designs.
  • We assess library staff, job descriptions, services, workflow and operations strategies.
  • We offer master planning services including 20-year building plans, user needs assessments, new design concepts and library operations plans.

Our library consultants are thought-leaders in library planning and design. This includes the development of library buildings, civic projects, large cultural parks and campus master planning. Our academic library consultants work with librarians and faculty to improve the utilization of active and passive learning environments.


Our Library Consultants offer facility plans, master plans, architectural programming, library collection analysis and organizational assessments. We provide technology research, developing plans to improve the utilization of library resources.


We have a wealth of knowledge in the ways libraries function.

  • We offer architectural services; library programming, preservation requirements and shelving systems analysis.
  • We offer strategic planning services.
  • We develop library service plans to support online learners.
  • We offer library planning workshops to facilitate the development of buildings, library systems and/or staff.

We have in-depth knowledge of the ways in which libraries function. Our highly-experienced and multi-disciplinary studio consists of librarians (MLIS), architects, interior designers, educators, sound, data and lighting consultants. We are always looking for librarians and architecture firms to partner with our team on local and international projects.

Contact ACA or attend our Library Space Planning workshops.


Need to kick start planning? Contact our library planning team. We will share our planning standards and methodologies to help you get started.

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