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

 News / Last Modified: 17 July 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. ...

Big Talk (Ideas, Collaboration, Difference) from Small Libraries 2016

 News / Last Modified: 02 May 2019

The fifth annual Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference was once again a showcase of the great work small libraries do across the United States and Canada. On February 26, 470 attendees from all over North America listened in on 12 speakers ...

New Course: Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces

 News / Last Modified: 02 May 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

 News / Last Modified: 21 March 2019

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...

How to Make Space for Active Learning in Your Library

 News / Last Modified: 11 January 2019

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...

Small But Mighty Library Management and Innovation

 Webinar / Last Modified: 07 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

 News / Last Modified: 27 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 ...

WebJunction's Focus on Space Planning for Libraries

 Document / Last Modified: 10 September 2018

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.

Makerspace and Digital Media Lab Resources

 News / Last Modified: 02 August 2018

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...

A Slice of Maker Pie: Stories from Three Learner Labs

 News / Last Modified: 17 July 2018

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...