Involving Users in the Library Space Planning: a Case Study of a Branch Library in a Research University

Title

Involving Users in the Library Space Planning: a Case Study of a Branch Library in a Research University

Subject

Library planning; Library buildings--Design and construction; Library users; Library planning

Description

As library functions are evolving, many academic libraries are redesigning or renovating their library space to meet the changing needs of their users. This case study describes how a branch library in a Canadian research university reached out to students to identify their needs of the library space using two methods: survey and interview. The results indicate that the ideal library spaces would be a combination of group learning space, individual study space, and quiet space. The study also suggests that computer work stations continue to be in high demand for library users despite the increasing ownership of technological devices among students. This project can be easily implemented by other libraries, particularly a branch or small-sized library, when planning for the renovation or reconfiguration of library space. In addition, the process of conducting this study helped to build a stronger team work environment and to strengthen the library's relationship with its users.

Creator

Zhang, Li
Maddison, Tasha

Publisher

CALA Occasional Paper Series

Rights

This resource may be copyright-protected. You may make use of this resource, with proper attribution, for educational and other non-commercial uses only. Please contact the author for permission to reproduce.

Language

English

Type

text; journal article

Date Available

12/12/2017

Date Issued

12/1/2016

Extent

11 pages

Bibliographic Citation

Zhang, L. & Maddison, T. (2016). Involving Users in the Library Space Planning: a Case Study of a Branch Library in a Research University. CALA Occasional Paper Series, No. 13 (Dec.), 1-11.

Citation

Zhang, Li and Maddison, Tasha, “Involving Users in the Library Space Planning: a Case Study of a Branch Library in a Research University,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed December 14, 2018, http://ir.cala-web.org/items/show/335.