Recently a teacher forwarded an article regarding library spaces called, “What will become of the Library?” that had been published on Slate’s website. That article included a picture of the new library at the University of Chicago and made me think of our visit there last fall. We were also welcome guests at libraries at DePaul and Loyola University where our host specifically mentioned this video on the Hunt Library at NC State University:
We had watched that video individually and as a group in a department meeting where Pam shared a School Library Journal article and led discussions on space planning. In fact, Knowledge Quest’s most recent issue was devoted to Library Spaces and contains several excellent articles. We have been compiling our own set of pictures and documents and have discussed soliciting input from students and teachers. Here are links to several other related resources:
- from The New York Times about “Breaking out of the Library Mold in Boston and Beyond.”
- Books, including: The Third Teacher and Make Space, recommended by Carolyn Foote
- Buffy Hamilton on a Visit to the Lovett School Story Studio
- School Library Directory’s suggestions
- National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
- Whole Building Design Guide (2011)
- Educause on learning space planning, with research from The University of Michigan and Learning Spaces, a series of essays edited in 2006 by Diana G. Oblinger.
Finally from Mental Floss, for fun (and inspiration!) see 62 of world’s most beautiful libraries.