The use of library space has changed over time to reflect the different ways our communities interact with our collections and services. Many academic libraries are replacing traditional shelves of print books with spaces for students to study and work, either individually or in groups. Public and school libraries host concerts, pizza and playstation parties for teenagers, really, really cool reading spaces , and maker spaces for students and hobbyists. There are even dedicated maker libraries. Both academic and public libraries have self service checkout machines for borrowing and there is a trend towards removing the information desk to allow library staff and customers to better interact in the space.
Think about the way space is used in your library – the one you work in, study at or visit to borrow books or music. Look at old photos of your library or other libraries around the world – what are the differences in the use of space that reflect changes in the ways libraries are used?
Consider the following questions:
- How is the space used in your library?
- Has this changed much in the last year? What about the last 10 years?
- What do you like about that – what do you dislike?
- Maybe your library hasn’t changed at all. What are the reasons for that?
Over the next two weeks we will be featuring some guest posts about the different uses of library space around the world. We’d also welcome your photos and stories – please share them in the comments below or via Facebook or Twitter using #interlibnet.