Advances in technology have greatly impacted library spaces. No longer is information confined to printed materials accessible in only one, physical location. The prevalence of technology and the internet has completely re-defined the use of a library space, be it in a school or public domain.
A library is no longer simply a space for quiet, individual study. Modern libraries are also places for community and collaboration. The circulation desk is being swapped for a coffee shop and community events are being incorporated into the library schedule to encourage communication and learning at all ages and levels.
Despite this, the library is still the go-to place for head-down, focused individual work. So how does a modern library support both ends of that scale – from quiet, individual spaces to more open community areas? The answer relies on its ability to be flexible. Spaces that adapt to different uses. Furniture that can be reconfigured to accommodate different styles of learning. Acoustic properties to absorb noise. Inclusive design to involve everyone.
A modern library should be a relaxed, welcoming environment to encourage learning in all its forms. The correct choice of furniture goes a long way to achieve that…as does good coffee, great WiFi, and plenty of places to charge your phone, tablet or laptop.