Modern school libraries provide support for a wide variety of learning styles and activities. In order to do this, they need to be flexible, interactive, and feature areas for collaboration. Get ideas on how to create and sustain these types of spaces in your library.
Libraries play an important role in providing informal learning opportunities outside the classroom. Learn how furniture, space design, and technology play a part in creating spaces that support collaboration, ideation, and social interaction.
Library users of all ages have different needs in each area of your library. Get advice on best practices for designing seven essential library spaces to make sure all users’ needs are met.
School-age children need learning environments that stimulate their reading, writing, math and science skills and also offer areas of quiet respite. Find out how you can accomplish these goals in your own children’s spaces with this checklist.
Are you looking for convenient, space-efficient ways to provide power sources for your patrons and students? This can be a difficult task, but there are plenty of options to consider. Learn about five products that can take the headache out of powering up your learning space.
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 play a critical role in delivering early literacy services to their communities, both through their programming and through their spaces. Get tips on how to evaluate your space to ensure your littlest patrons are getting the most out of your learning environment.
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.
Ready to add a fresh new look to your library? Choosing colors and fabrics for your new furnishings can be overwhelming. With these tips from interior design expert Jessica Mahne you’ll be ready to create the welcoming atmosphere you want for your library.
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.
Your library might be crying out for a refresh, but your budget might not match up with your wish list. To help you bring new light to your collection and services, Stephanie Shook serves up some tips for making the old new again.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Today, people need different skills to thrive. See why the 21st century library is the right place for critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.
Known as one of the most innovative U.S. library systems, the San José Public Library is a champion of public library design and creative programs.
One’s ability to navigate and understand place is dependent upon maps, language, past experiences and contextual clues. Over time, experiences give us a basis of knowledge for understanding a hierarchy of information. Instinctually we apply this in new situations and draw analogies. However, there are times when this isn’t enough because things change. Experience is […]