Joint-Use Libraries: A Bibliography
ALA Library Fact Sheet Number 20
Joint use libraries, also known as Combined libraries, Dual use libraries, Comanaged libraries or Cooperative libraries, are a special form of library cooperation. Joint-use libraries are those where two separate library service providers use the same building to serve distinct clienteles. Such libraries are most often public libraries combined with school library media centers or public libraries combined with academic libraries, but other types exist.
The following is a selected list of articles, books, and web sites covering the subject of combined and joint-use libraries. References for the two most common types of combined libraries, public libraries combined with school libraries and public libraries combined with academic libraries, follow the references to general discussions. The general discussions are listed alphabetically, and the citations in the library type sections are purposefully listed in reverse chronological order (i.e., from newest to oldest). For citations prior to 1998, please contact us; or see Rashelle Schlessinger Karp’s “The literature of joint-use libraries.” In Advances In Library Administration & Organization, V14, 1996 (January 1996): 227-71. The Georgia Public Library Service also compiled a bibliography (2007).
We have a few combined school/public libraries in Alaska. Success has been mixed.