11 Mar 2014

Themes in Library Design

ADP has just returned from the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Library Design Awards and Showcase. There were presentations on exemplary designs of a range of recent award winning libraries, including ADP’s Augustine House at Canterbury Christ Church University, winner of the SCONUL Library Design Award. 

Roger FitzGerald, ADP’s Practice Chairman, explained the design process alongside a presentation from Mark Ridgewell, Interior Design Director, focussing on space planning and interiors at the library. 

We carried out a survey of library professionals at the event, asking them what their biggest library estate issue is for the coming year. The refurbishment of existing library facilities was mentioned time and time again, with limited budgets one of the main drivers. 

Several universities are looking to consolidate multiple libraries into one larger library hub with the aim of improving the overall service they can provide to students and staff with the resources at their disposal. 

Providing for a range of different study spaces is also a major concern for many of the library professionals. With a gradual move towards collaboration and group working, libraries are concerned with a lack of group study spaces and are forming estate wide strategies for providing more informal learning spaces. 

As designers of study and education spaces, these trends in library facilities help to inform how we can support our clients to continue to create award winning buildings.

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