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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Think Outside the Library with a Sidewalk Obstacle Course

Publish Date: News / 11 June 2020

Noah Lenstra (Let's Move in Libraries) looks at how libraries can engage communities safely by taking programs and services outside, including creating obstacle courses.

In just one month, this idea of a sidewalk obstacle course has s....

Thinking Outside: Libraries and Placemaking in Pandemic Times

Publish Date: News / 28 May 2020

As libraries begin to consider offering services and programming in new or reimagined ways, some are looking at how to use outdoor spaces as a way to connect and engage with their communities. From parking lots to baseball diamonds, there are public ...

New Tools for Getting Beyond the Survey to Discover Your Community Needs

Publish Date: News / 11 April 2019

For the cohort of small/rural libraries that participated in WebJunction's Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project in 2017-18, the most transformational aspect of the process was realizing new ways to meet and collaborate with their communities. ...

New Course: Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces

Publish Date: News / 15 January 2019

Are you ready to imagine the possibilities that can come with an active learning space in your library? WebJunction has you covered! Our IMLS grant-funded project, Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces, and we're excited to announce the new free, onlin...

Smart Space Transformation Stories

Publish Date: News / 9 November 2018

Explore these Smart Space Transformation Stories from libraries who participated in WebJunction's Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces program, which led 15 small and rural public libraries from across the country to reimagine and reconfigure the...

Small But Mighty Library Management and Innovation

Publish Date: Webinar / 5 November 2018

In this webinar, learn how the Millvale Community Library addresses their community's food desert, uses clean energy, offers a tool-lending library, and more.

Smart Space Videos

Publish Date: News / 11 September 2018

A collection of videos showcasing the Smart Space Transformations of libraries who participated in WebJunction's Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces program, which led 15 small and rural public libraries from across the country to reimagine and ...

How to Make Space for Active Learning in Your Library

Publish Date: News / 22 June 2018

Are you ready to imagine the possibilities that can come with an active learning space in your library? WebJunction has you covered! We're nearing the end of our IMLS grant-funded project, Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces, and we’re excited to sha...

Activate the Library Space with Learning

Publish Date: Webinar / 12 June 2018

During this webinar, learn from libraries who have reimagined and reconfigured "smart spaces" for active learning, using a combination of placemaking and design thinking principles and strategies.

Makerspace and Digital Media Lab Resources

Publish Date: News / 14 December 2017

Looking for inspiration for a new or existing makerspace or digital media lab in your library? WebJunction has you covered! This collection includes planning resources, tools that go beyond the 3D printer, and how to implement a digital media lab. Yo...