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Objective: This study dealt with different academic library spaces like collection space, user seating space, service & staff work area space, non- assignable space etc. The main objective of the study was to identify the library spaces of four select State University libraries of Assam and how these spaces were being identified, organized and utilized by adopting different measures. It also emphasized on the weeding out policy of the University libraries as it was the key element of library space management.
Methods: For this study, both qualitative and quantitative approach for data collection had been used. A structured questionnaire was prepared and sent to the head of the libraries for collecting relevant information and personal interview with the librarians had also been done. For collecting proper measurement of the spaces, physical verification of the libraries was also carried out.
Results: The finding showed that the libraries had efficiently utilized its spaces and adopted different measures for optimum utilization. Different spaces were so organized that natural and artificial lighting facilities and natural air could take place. The libraries followed various guidelines or standards, keeping in mind of the institutional goals and objectives. But whenever it would create difficulties to agree with these standards, the libraries would follow its institutional guidelines.
Conclusion: This study is helpful for the upcoming library professionals or future library planners to cope-up with the changing environment due to the implementation of web-based technologies and future library space re-arrangement process in the libraries.