A huge thank you to all those who replied with information, helpful links and encouragement (especially Andy - living in Switzerland its been a long time since someone called me 'lass' and as I originate from the north it was very approriate!).
I will take all of this into consideration in my proposal - I suppose I am finding it quite daunting as I am 'the only librarian in the village' and there is a very good chance that the space we will move into is an old kitchen with lots of partial walls which can't be knocked down.
Anyway, merci encore!!
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