School library design can improve education

(20 April 2016) This opinion piece from Singapore by Loh Chin Ee gives a public library example of a successful space designed for teens. ‘Taking the cue from the retail sector, the library has its books displayed front-facing to inspire teens to take them from the shelves and the shelves are aligned to consumer heights to allow library users to reach all books. A doodle wall facilitates collaborative discussions, a mezzanine space legitimises “hanging out” and cosy corners allow quiet reading. Marketing principles applied to library design help make reading “cool” and permission to be (somewhat) noisy makes the library a more “homely” place for teens. Today, a teenage team organises programmes that appeal to other teens.’

Designinglibraries.org has the story.