Finite Space: Flexible Response

We know there are many possible responses to the multiple demands on Library space. Of course, there are our “Big Dreams,” but there are also strategic changes that are readily within our grasp.

[Big Dreams are cool ideas that would make Mines Library THE place to go for academic learning. I’ll post some as we go along.]

With a finite space, one thing we can do is be smart about how we enable you to use it. Doing a project together? Need to focus? Just relaxing? Getting homework done? Need to visualize your work? Holding a virtual meeting? Feeling creative? Flexible configurable student spaces are one way to meet your needs.

The space isn’t right if the furnishings aren’t right. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a choice of furniture–chairs, 1-person tables, study carrels, group tables, collaborative workstations, standing tables, study rooms, a place to put your tablet?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could move the Library furniture around just the way you want it? (Furniture on wheels–yay!) Wouldn’t it be nice if you could create a “room” using moveable partitions? Wouldn’t it be nice to have one library space for every day, and another for finals week?

Flexible design–definitely a good use of Library space.




I'm Lisa Dunn, the Research & User Interface Librarian. I've been working on library space planning teams here for over a decade.

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