This college library modernisation project required the existing ‘L’ shaped library space to be completely transformed to maximise its appeal with students. The client was keen to create a light, bright and modern space that was welcoming, functional and comfortable.
A sophisticated space that facilitates various learning and study situations for individuals and groups was required. Lines of sight and flow through were a key consideration in the space planning, with furniture design and the use of colour being integral to the entire scheme.
A flexible layout that enabled access to IT provision throughout was required. Clearly identifiable study zones needed to be created, aimed at maximising the use of the space and enhancing the customer experience.
The small area dedicated to careers advice was under used and the design of this previously undefined area needed special attention to ensure that it was bold and inviting.
The library entrance features a 6 position ‘Quick IT’ facility with poser height perimeter benching and stools. The ‘Quiet’ study area features perimeter benching with saw tooth extensions to increase the study desk area.
The main study zone encourages active study, the bold white and red bespoke reception desk is located in the centre of the ‘L’ shaped library to enhance visibility and service provision. White Aspire library shelving with perforated steel end panels give this section of the library a clean and stylish feel. Further interest is created with the use of soft seating pads positioned at an angle between bays to create a curved effect which adds light. The shelving is strategically positioned to improve flow through, give clear lines of sight and create light and shape throughout.
Freedom display units showcase journals and study desks are set up for group study. Also in this area is the careers desk and three further bays of white Aspire library shelving, featuring red back panels to define the area and attract attention.
The ‘Quiet’ study zone is an informal area, where students can work in pairs or small groups and has been designed to encourage quiet study and discourage large groups forming. A red and white pod desk is positioned in this area to provide a service point during busy periods. The ‘Silent’ study zone is specifically designed for silent study for more than twenty students at a time.