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					    Library design in
   challenging times: a
       national and
international perspective
         Karen Latimer
    Queen’s University Belfast


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              Outline

• Challenges and trends
• What’s happening in the UK
• What’s happening in Europe
• What’s happening internationally



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    Challenges and trends
• Increased student numbers: eresources,
  self-service, group study, 24/7
• Increased competition/expectations (fees):
  creating attractive/welcoming places
• Funding pressures: redefining, reordering
  and best use of space
• Iconic landmark to sustainability

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20th/21st century buzz words
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•   Self-renewing library
•   Hybrid library
•   Library as third place
•   Collections v connections
•   Learning cafés/information commons
•   Demise of the physical library?

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• Seattle Public Library OMA +Koolhaas




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Impact on Interior Design
•   Desks/Enquiry points
•   Self-service/Sorting
•   Shelving
•   Seating
•   Lighting
•   Signage
•   Art

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          Other issues

•   Sustainability
•   Post-occupancy evaluation
•   Value for money
•   Partnerships


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   The Hive Worcester
Partnership between public
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            The UK & Ireland
• Designing Libraries (CIC)
  CILIP/SCONUL/SCL/SLA:
database, case studies, advice, PLBA and SCONUL
  awards, featured libraries
  www.designinglibraries.org.uk
• JISC – Designing technology-rich learning spaces:
case studies, resources, ideas
www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/learning-space-design
• Ireland - www.librarybuildings.ie

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                  Europe
• LIBER Architecture Group:
  biennial seminars, library visits,
  publications, database of projects
  www.libereurope.eu/committee/services/archi
  tecture-expert-group

• NAPLE library buildings database:
  5 inspirational libraries per country
  www.librarybuildings.info

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Rolex Learning Centre – will
visit and take own slides in
           October




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   The International Scene

• IFLA Library Buildings & Equipment:
  IFLA Library Building Guidelines, featured
  buildings, projects,
  post-occupancy evaluation, website,
  newsletter, conferences
  www.ifla.org/en/library-buildings-and-equipment


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Examples of libraries in China
        and Japan




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                   Vision
     “Libraries should aim to be uplifting,
innovative and inspiring cultural, social and
  intellectual spaces, encouraging debate
 and collaboration, and desirable as places
   to be in, even in the age of ubiquitous
               internet access.”
       Dame Lynne Brindley – British Library


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