Libraries draw traffic because they generate a large number of repeat visitors that are attending regularly to check out and return books, participate in programs, use public computers, etc. This article explains a number of strategies that can tie a public library into a development that draws traffic. They include:
- Main-street designs used by open-air shopping centers
- An overall design that creates a community icon
- Using the library itself as the icon
- Adding a second anchor in the fashion of a mall
Experience teaches that the most successful developments feature anchors, retailers, and other mixed-use components that the surrounding community needs and wants. Most important to the design of any development is research to discover the kinds of facilities that a community will be eager to use. This research, in addition to a well-thought out circulation pattern, will create a development that is much more likely to succeed.