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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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...

Sustaining Communities, Sustaining Ourselves

 News / Last Modified: 03 May 2017

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?" ...

Embracing Principles of Connected Learning

 News / Last Modified: 03 May 2017

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...

Durable Transformation: Library Spaces Continue to Activate Community

 News / Last Modified: 03 May 2017

Early in 2014, two Washington libraries launched newly transformed areas in the middle of their floor space, replacing static (mostly CD) shelving with dynamic spaces for active community engagement. Working with WebJunction under a grant from the Al...

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

 News / Last Modified: 03 May 2017

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 ...

Library Spaces that Keep Customers Coming Back

 News / Last Modified: 26 April 2017

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...

Flexible Spaces – Flexible Futures

 Webinar / Last Modified: 07 December 2016

A webinar focused on library space planning and on how changing patron needs are leading to changed library spaces.