Libraries + Learning Commons

Academic libraries form the heart of a campus—a point of universal convergence, where collaborative work and study continue around the clock.

These buildings are becoming highly adaptable learning environments where information is retrieved and ideas are developed through digital media. The notion of a physical “collection” is being re-thought, and the prioritization of space now favors students engaged in active learning. The planning of academic libraries must accommodate and support widely varying patterns of use, from the conventions of solitary, quiet study to the pedagogically-driven need for active group study and project areas.

There is an increased emphasis on the quality of study space. The near-constant interface with technology must be offset with architecture that supports the body. The qualities of light and sound, the presence of color and materiality, and the careful consideration of scale and proportion can combine to promote the stamina and general well-being that inspire learning.