The Future of Library Design

Course - MAIN IMAGE SLIDE - The Future of Library Design

  • Physical Library Futures
    Seeing Past the Pandemic

    Last offered February 8–17, 2021

Program Description

Explore emerging models and evolving changes in library environments, and how changes in service and information technology influence library facility design. Intended for architects and librarians, library staff, and trustees, this program examines the evolving role of the physical library in the changing digital information landscape.

Course Description - The Future of Library Design

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While recognizing that the current pandemic has made permanent changings in design thinking for libraries, these sessions will transcend the current “problem‐solving” moment in library design. The course will be a broad platform for addressing libraries as
• an essential element of civic infrastructure,
• vehicles for access to and dissemination of meaningful dialog,
• productive “think space” & “do space,” and
• the definitive resource for reliable information.

We will consider how future libraries can do this while being both a permanent artifact of contemporary culture and a moldable environment that stays constantly current and locally relevant. The program covers the theoretical and the practical in an interactive and participatory class format. We will review cutting edge systems and emerging library building best practices. We will also examine the process and criteria for developing and realizing meaningful goals, whether in new construction, renovation, or expansion.

Topics include: new models, new service goals, library programming and planning considerations, library zoning for functional synergies, building community support, and sustainable design for libraries. Program activities include lectures, discussions, virtual library planning and design exercises, virtual exploration and evaluation of recent and proposed new library designs.

Course - Who Should Attend - The Future of Library Design

Who Should Attend

Architects, Interior Designers, Contractors, Urban Planners, Librarians, Library Staff, and Library Trustees/Commissioners

Course - Learning Objectives - The Future of Library Design

Learning Objectives

  • Interpret emerging trends in library design and library interiors.
  • Recognize the impact of new developments in information technology and equipment.
  • Understanding of the process of working with library consultants, architects, and contractors.
  • Awareness of library programming and planning considerations; space planning standards; program functional adjacencies, synergies, and library zoning.
  • Apply sustainable design/LEED strategies for libraries.

Course - Testimonial - Planning and Design of Public Libraries

"So great to have library professionals complement the architects."

"[Jeff Hoover] is very detailed and loves to challenge his students in order to foster good feedback for future design use."

  • David Leonard, President, Boston Public Library
  • Rich Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director, Washington DC Library
  • Sarah Meilleur, Director, Service Delivery Calgary Public Library
  • Stephen Abram, CEO, Lighthouse Consulting, Inc.
  • Joseph Bocchiaro, Principal Consultant, NV5 Engineering & Technology
  • Shannon Wray, Senior Interior Designer, Quinn Evans Architects
  • Andrew Pearson, Library Director, Bridgewater College
  • William Browning, Managing Partner, Terrapin Bright Green
  • John Chrastka, Executive Director, EveryLibrary