Joint use libraries, also known as combined libraries, dual use libraries, integrated libraries, co-managed libraries, orcooperative 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.
This guide provides resources on joint-use libraries, including a bibliography and online resources as well as resources on the most common joint-use library types - public libraries combined with school libraries and public libraries combined with academic libraries.
General resources and checklists
The most common reason librarians (or trustees of libraries) contact us is for information as background for a discussion on whether to pursue a joint-use model locally. Some of the basic resources for this purpose are these:
This report, published by IFLA, examines the recent trends in collaboration and cooperation between public libraries, archives and museums. In many cases, the shared or similar missions of the institutions reviewed make them ideal partners in collaborative ventures. Full text PDF online.
Wisconsin. Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning. Combined School and Public Libraries: Guidelines for Decision Making. 2nd ed. Madison, Wis: The Division, 1998. (PDF)
Examples of past successful partnerships between school & public libraries, collected by the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation. Organized by categories, such as book discussion books, library card sign up programs, community reading projects -- and cautionary tales.