Space Planning

Photo of children's area with chairs, bookshelves and carpet.

Does your library entrance draw people inside? Once inside, what makes people take notice? Can retail space planning ideas help you create an inviting library space? This section will help you plan and design your library space to create a welcoming, healthy, safe and accessible environment.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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Kirkwood Public Library Unveils Renovated Children’s Room

 News / Last Modified: 13 July 2017

The Kirkwood Public Library (MO) recently embarked on a renovation of their Children's room. Through generous private donations and the library staff's planning efforts, a well-thought out and designed space was created for the community. The idea th...

Small Libraries, Big Community

 News / Last Modified: 05 June 2017

With travel costs high and libraries busier than ever, library staff are using online technologies to connect and learn. Over 300 librarians attended the February 28, 2013, free one-day online conference, Big Talk From Small Libraries, aimed at libra...

Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement

 News / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

What, after all, are libraries really about? Are libraries mostly about books and study? Or are libraries mostly about community, and the making of things and ideas?

This core question is batted around like a beach ball in a crowd during endle...

Space is Flexible (and Full of Light)

 News / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

Library space, that is. If there is one word that sums up the re-imagination of library space for community engagement in the digital age, it is flexible.

The tension between physical and virtual space surfaces everywhere as technolog...

Rural and Small Libraries Conference: ARSL 2014 Recap

 News / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

What could be better than the best library conference in your own backyard? How about working for an organization that helps sponsor that conference (thank you OCLC), and allows you to present, learn, and network with nearly 400 other people who love...

Libraries and Makers Resources

 Document / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

A document collecting resources on libraries and makers, including books, guides, websites, and links to webinars.

Learning through Playful Exploration with Makerspaces

 News / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

Marshmallow engineering? Robotics? Punk knitting? These creative activities are all examples of recent makerspace events happening at libraries all over the country. Programs like these are all about building community and mixing traditional crafts w...

Stories of Inclusion: Inclusive Practices at Cultural Institutions

 News / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

Although it's been 25 years since the passage of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), there is still much to learn to ensure that your programs and services are fully accessible and inclusive. Don't miss this unique opportunity to attend a thre...

A Slice of Maker Pie: Stories from Three Learner Labs

 News / Last Modified: 05 May 2017

Think about the last time you ordered pizza and the numerous considerations that influenced your decisions. You may have weighed surroundings including dine-in versus carry-out or perhaps delivery, contemplated crust style and toppings, and evaluated...