Space Planning

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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.

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Beyond Access: Modernizing Your Library's Space

 Document / Last Modified: 11 March 2015

This infographic from Beyond Access shares suggestions about what libraries can do to make the physical spaces of their libraries more welcoming and engaging for their communities.

Sustaining Communities, Sustaining Ourselves

 News / Last Modified: 03 February 2015

Aarhus Public Libraries in Aarhus, Denmark, built their new library using a process they call Participatory Democracy in Action. They did so by asking their community the question, "If everything is online, why come to the library at all?" ...

Library Spaces that Keep Customers Coming Back

 News / Last Modified: 03 February 2015

Our surroundings have a profound effect on us. Color, light, shapes ... small details can help us tune into our environment deeply, or make us shut down entirely. We know at an intuitive level that well-designed spaces not only make for better busine...

Embracing Principles of Connected Learning

 News / Last Modified: 23 January 2015

The power of teen leadership is at the center of a new report from The Institute of Museum and Library Services on Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums: Transformative Spaces for Teens. Teens empowered to participate, experiment, and colla...