Libraries used to be dull, silent spaces but today – thanks to a number of technological advancements and changing needs, they have evolved into interactive environments that are suited for today’s tech savvy, digitally inclined generations.
Most people think that time consuming state-of-the-art renovations are the only way to improve public and university libraries. However, there are other practical solutions for improving your space to promote better learning outcomes.
Involve the students and faculty in the redesigning process
The main role of libraries is to create an environment that fosters the learning experience while providing support to individuals in a variety of subject areas. Because students and faculty are the primary users of these facilities, it is important to allow them to be a part of the process.
Universities can encourage involvement from these individuals by creating subject-centered practical learning projects. These projects would allow students and faculty from varying demographics to participate in the design of the facility. For example, a textile student could utilize their skills to make curtains and cushions for reading areas while an individual in the art department could design pieces to be used as displays.
Additionally, a forum where students and faculty can express the challenges they have experienced in the library can highlight some of its shortcomings. This is critical for realizing which key areas need improvement.
Make changes to create a welcoming and comfortable environment
Did you know that the school environment, particularly the library, significantly affects the absence rates, engagement rates, and success of students? Libraries should create a visual appeal promoting a welcoming environment that students will enjoy using. Your choice of carpet, décor, furniture and lighting should create a bright space for ultimate comfort.
Remember that a moisture-wicking carpet can prevent the familiar ‘musty’ smell in public libraries. This will reduce the chances of developing mildew and mold in the library, which exposes students to respiratory issues and other health concerns.
Embrace storage experts
As the university grows, the library will need more space for the resources. A chaotic space can discourage students from visiting the library and can also make it difficult for the librarian to find books and other materials. However, high-density shelving systems and other storage products are affordable and offer the perfect solution for your space.
With the proper storage solutions, libraries can also alter their facilities to create makerspaces. These are areas encourage learning and sense of community by incorporating a variety of tools, technology and other resources, allowing individuals to come together to create, invent and learn all in one space.
Working with the right storage solutions company can help you achieve your goals with thoughtful implementations and custom designs. Overall, it is important that you understand the importance of maximizing valuable floor space and improving the overall bottom-line for your institution.
Midwest Storage Solutions is the leader in providing Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois with a sustainable and cost-effective way to maximize your floor space while doubling your storage capacity. Visit our website or call us today to discuss your industrial storage needs.