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Aaron Cohen Associates, Ltd. (ACA) is an interdisciplinary library consultant firm founded in 1972. Our librarians specialize in Digital Service Planning and Facilities Programs. We provide a unique set of programmatic standards for new library building projects, reorganization of operations or renovation of existing library services. Our associates are professional librarians, library programmers, digital librarians, architects, interior designers and organizational management consultants.

We have developed over 1500 planning studies for Academic, Public, School, Law, Medical, Art, Corporate, Government and Research Libraries. Our associates hold esteemed professional credentials, have authored five books on library planning and design, and have chaired international associations.

Why hire a library consultant and planning team?

- We identify and determine the program for the library.

- We test the architectural design to determine the project fit.

- We do qualitative and quantitative research that identifies the library services.

With our clients, we prototype makerspace and VR learning environments, computer migration centers and preservation centers, library information systems and digital libraries.

We have a wealth of library service studies, archives and management reports to share with your planning team. We can benchmark our past projects to help your team develop a plan based on best practices. We can provide recommendations to improve the library building and digital services as well as storage solutions such as compact storage and automatic retrieval systems (AS/RS).

We provide community engagement activities that help define options for the library. For example, ACA's “Visual Scan©” engages the community by helping stakeholders experience the library. Our work helps the library determine the best course for the future. Our work helps management build a long term service plan that can be followed to ensure success.