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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WebJunction's Focus on Space Planning for Libraries

 Document / Last Modified: 04 June 2015

Careful space planning in the initial stages of a building or renovation project can help to ensure its success. There are many resources available to help you calculate the space requirements for library programs, services, and collections.

Research in Context: Making an Impact in Library Communities

 News / Last Modified: 09 April 2015

At the 2015 ALA Midwinter conference in Chicago, Chrystie Hill, Director of OCLC's Community Relations, shared insights on how her team (including WebJunction), seeks to translate the knowledge, evidence and models available to public libraries, and ...

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...