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.
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!”
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.
See how Hartland South Elementary School updated their STEM lab with mobile tables and collaborative furnishings and took their library space from old and outdated to modern and exciting.
Pershing County High School’s library was outdated and badly in need of an update. Together with Demco, Media Specialist Shelly Need turned the old library into a 21st-century hub of learning. Updates included flexible furniture, a modern circulation desk and access to technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
European libraries have long been a source of inspiration in library design and the child space at the Kingston Library in the UK is no exception.