When I worked for a disability rights law firm, I learned that many architects and product manufacturers say they are "ADA-compliant" when in fact they are not. One lawsuit I worked on was against a library. Did I hesitate when asked to go after a library? No, I was eager. Of all places, libraries should be fully accessible!
Libraries are not off the hook if an architect incorrectly tells them that their plans are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. Nor should they be ... library users need to get in the doors and be able to use all library services. Libraries should check out ADA compliance for themselves or hire a qualified consultant to do so.
If you're planning a new building or renovation, you should know that on July 23, 2004, the Access Board issued new ADA guidelines that will apply soon. The guidelines, a decade in the making, will apply to virtually all types of libraries, covering items from drinking fountains to parking spaces to protruding objects.
Although they will be effective September 21, 2004, the guidelines will not become enforceable standards until the Department of Justice adopts them, most likely sometime in the next year. 69 Fed. Reg. 44,084, et seq., (July 23, 2004)
p.s. Don't forget to check your state law, which may have additional requirements.