Library Becomes Bright & Modern Study Center
18 Mar 2019
University libraries typically occupy prime real estate in the heart of campus, so it’s important to ensure that they meet students’ needs. As educational materials move from print to online, libraries are changing to offer better connectivity and more space for modern uses.
This Midwestern university recently gutted an entire three-story library and repurposed the space to provide amenities like connected classrooms, powerful computing labs, quiet study areas, and meeting rooms for collaboration. A large number of books and journals were moved to off-site storage but the project planning team knew some print materials were in high demand, with multiple copies in constant circulation. They also wanted to keep certain materials on hand for quick reference.
The challenge was to incorporate those print materials into a bright, contemporary space. The planning team decided the best way to accomplish this goal would be with cantilever shelving with glass end panels and tops that matched study desks throughout the building.
The local Spacesaver consultant worked as a liaison between the planning team and Spacesaver’s engineers to design and install shelving and custom finishes.
The result is a space which integrates print materials with spaces for collaboration & quiet work.
Counterheight shelving units double as room dividers, and their white tops unify and brighten the space. See below for a few photos of the final space:
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