Now at a major crossroads, the traditional library essentially a book-oriented community center is evolving into a digital wonderland of Internet, e-books, videos, and social media. Consequently, with print reference collections shrinking by at least 50% and digital-minded teens and young adults coming up through the ranks, library designers are being challenged to come up with a new model.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
-Discuss key trends affecting the design and use of libraries.
-Explain how technology and user preferences are shaping library interiors.
-List the elements of IEQ for libraries.
-Describe the interior furnishings, materials, and MEP systems that contribute to healthy, sustainable library interiors.