Library budgets, staff, and resources are often stretched thin, forcing you to seek other funding sources for your projects. The good news is there are funds available in the form of grants, and a good grant proposal is the key to securing those funds. Get tips from library veteran Cathy Hakala-Ausperk about what to do before, during and after you write a grant to get your projects the funding they deserve.
Flexible seating and active learning environments have proven beneficial to student learning, but along with creating a comfortable learning environment comes safety concerns. Get advice from Learning Environment Designer Marci Milius about what you need to think about when choosing furniture for your library or classroom.
Libraries are continuing to respond to the changing needs of their communities by expanding their services and updating their spaces. Our designers are always looking for ways to help libraries fulfill those needs, and they’ve identified six furniture pieces that hit the mark with more access to power, more space to collaborate and multipurpose flexibility. Keep reading to see what furniture pieces made them say “Wow!”
Your users are looking for a place to collaborate, to share ideas and brainstorm to get projects done. The library is the perfect place for people to gather and work together — but what’s the best way to help facilitate this idea sharing? Learn from seasoned expert Traci Lesneski about what to consider when designing collaborative spaces and the key features your users are looking for.
Do you have some fidgeters in your classroom? This type of low-intensity movement is actually healthy for our brains and our bodies. Flexible seating arrangements in your space can help you promote more of this movement and not only promote healthy activity, but improve test scores as well—really! Read what the research says about encouraging healthy movement in schools.
You know your library could use some updates, but the task of deciding what and when seems overwhelming. Interior Designer Stephanie Shook leads you though steps you can take to make the task of identifying and prioritizing updates easier and more meaningful.
What does it mean to design a 21st century library? How do you make so many stakeholders happy? Margaret Sullivan, a Principal at Margaret Sullivan Studio, breaks it down for you. Tune in for 10 essential places every public library needs to foster community.
Every makerspace and every library is different. Learn the questions experts ask when assessing the best way to integrate a makerspace into a new or existing library. Architect Tiffany Nash gives you guidance to get you on your way.
Getting full support for your library renovation project can be difficult. See how one library garnered support from their community and gain tips and ideas for your own advocacy campaign.
It’s time to refresh your library with new furniture, but how to choose? Get expert advice from interior designers about what you need to think before making any decisions.
If you’re wondering what the latest and greatest library trends are, you’ve come to the right place. Designer Stephanie Shook discusses the direction modern libraries are going and the top library design trends that will help you better serve your patrons.
When Massapequa school officials got an idea, they made it a reality in a big way. See how they updated 6 of their elementary libraries with modern makerspaces and started seeing positive learning outcomes as a result.
Do you want to know the top trends in children’s spaces and how you can integrate them into your library? Get the skinny from Interior Designer Stephanie Shook on the must-have elements for children’s spaces to make them inviting, interactive and hard to resist!
In Spring 2016, Deweyville Elementary School was devastated by catastrophic flooding. See how DEMCO Interiors played a hand in helping the school rebuild and put the focus back on education.
The opening of the Queens Children’s Library Discovery Center in New York brought a multi-sensory, self-paced, informal learning environment to its community. The Discovery Center pairs hands-on museum exhibits with programming and materials, bringing STEAM concepts to life for local children.
Outdoor spaces are key assets to libraries. From walking paths to programming areas to teaching tools, there are so many ways libraries to can use these spaces to serve their communities.
The Studio at Anythink Libraries in Colorado embraces the philosophy that customers thrive when given the chance to collaborate with others and become creators. By providing tools, programming, and guidance from artists in residence, The Studio is providing customers with opportunities to pursue their passions.
From choosing the tech tools to naming the space, teens were involved every step of the way in designing The Mix, San Francisco Public Library’s ultimate teen experience. Take a visual tour of The Mix’s 4,000+ square feet of designated space for teens to invent, create, study and just plain mess around.
When it was time to redesign the academic library at Holy Cross College, in Bury, UK, planners knew they needed a space that would meet everyone’s needs — individual study spaces, collaborative learning environments and technology. See their approach.
Today’s libraries are meeting customers’ expectations in new ways. Have a look at 3 of our favorites that highlight some of the top library design trends of 2015.
Tour the Forum, a stunning new library in the UK. This multifunctional civic building provides a variety of services to citizens in one convenient location.