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Current Trends in Library Design: Architecture and Interior Design

March 10, 2011

A great deal of current academic research processes involves scouring databases,  performing online searches and gathering information from other online resources, often from the comfort of our own homes and offices.  So why do we continue to appreciate and financially support libraries that are built out of ‘brick and mortar”?  Even as we witness a tremendous growth in the digitization of materials and an increasing ease of access to information, libraries with walls continue to be at the center of our communities. Current trends in library design point to the library taking on new functions, from providing interactive online experiences, to serving as social gathering places.  Libraries have expanded their purpose from being places to find information, to being places to share information.  Libraries are becoming  inviting spaces that encourage collaboration.  I’d like to look more closely at this trend in library design, pointing out some of the specific design features and interior design concepts that encourage these types of interaction.

Below is a video from BCI Library Furniture. Forgive me for using an advertisement, but the photos are fantastic!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2011 11:20 am

    Wow – those libraries in your posted video look amazing! I think Dr. Anthony Bernier here at SLIS specializes in library spaces, but with a specific focus on adolescents. I wonder whether the library of the future will look more like those coffee shops inside current bookstores – a place where there is no hushing and all the librarians are roaming rather than seated awaiting the patrons. Can’t wait to see your site.

  2. clementmunns permalink
    March 17, 2011 11:23 pm

    Very good topic and I love the conversation viz. library as 3rd space.

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