December 05, 2022
DESIGN: Flexible Spaces in 21st-Century Libraries
Flexible spaces are one of the main features of 21st-century libraries. This allows libraries to provide spaces for all visitors and accommodate multiple events and needs. When designing a modern library, including open spaces and movable furniture helps achieve this.
At the Welles-Turner Memorial Library in Glastonbury, the central common space on the second floor was designed to serve as a reading area and a conference room with up to 100 people. It includes a projector and motorized screen that can be brought down for presentations. The oversized reading chairs and desks are on wheels, making relocating them easy and convenient. The room can be turned around quickly. These kinds of spaces help best serve the current and future needs of the library and the town residents that use it.