What's your study style?

October 22 / Academic libraries

Not every student prefers silence to study

An Academic Library provides students with the perfect study environment, especially because the information and resources they need to ace their exams and assignments is right at their fingertips.

Some students prefer to study alone, whereas others learn better in a group setting. When designing an academic library, it is therefore fundamental to accommodate students’ various learning styles. Quiet study zones where students can focus and learn individually, as well as group areas where students can discuss and collaborate, need to be integrated in the library layout.

Darmstadt Academic Library, Germany
Newport University, Wales, United Kingdom
Queen Mary University, London, United Kingdom

Room for both the smaller and the older children

December 18 / School libraries

Dalum Public Library, Denmark

School libraries are mainly for children from the age of 5 to the age of 16 or 18, depending on the age of the pupils in the connecting school. Because of the large age span, it is important that the library contains something for the smaller as well as the older children.

The school library can be placed centrally in the school and be an area that the pupils cross several time a day. It is also a possibility that the school library is an integrated part of a public library, known as a combi-library. A combi-library needs to meet the needs of those using the library during the day to read the newspaper, while making sure that there is room for many children at the same time.

A part of the children's education

December 18 / School libraries

Dagnæs School Library, Denmark

Areas for learning and study

Being that the users of the school library are children from the age of 5 to the age of 16/18, it is important that the library accommodate the needs of the whole age span as well as focus on being a school library. Areas for learning, study, computers and space for group work are essential in a school library as some tutorials can take place in the school library instead of in the classroom. The library needs to accommodate the different learning styles depending on the different national school reforms.

More than just books

December 18 / Public libraries

The library as a cultural function

Today, the libraries are much more than just books. It is often seen that libraries are placed in connection with other cultural function and part of a cultural centre with several functions. In Denmark and in the United Kingdom, public service/county offices are integrated in some libraries, thereby combining different entities and making it easier for citizens.

Furthermore, in many countries, the library has become a place to meet and hang out with friends.

Herning Public Library, Denmark
Stockton Public Library, United Kingdom

A place for everyone

December 18 / Public libraries

Herning Public Library, Denmark

Missing introduction

The public library is a place for everybody and therefore needs to accommodate the needs of many different target groups. The public library is therefore divided into several different zones. There needs to be a zone for the children where they can play and enjoy the wonders of books, a zone for the teens where they can hang out and enjoy the library on their premises, a zone for the parents who want to read the newest bestseller on the shelf, and a zone for the grand parents who want to catch up on the news.   

Even the most disciplined student needs a well-deserved break

November 23 / Academic libraries

The National Academy of Arts, Oslo, Norway

The library becomes a home away from home

For students, the library is the go-to place when writing exams or preparing assignments. It is an information hub, a quiet sanctuary where they can focus and learn, as well a collaborative environment for group work and study. In fact, during exam times, a student may spend hours upon hours within the confines of the library. As such, the library can become their second home.

It is therefore very important for an academic library to balance the need for study conducive areas with social areas, as even the most disciplined student needs a break or a caffeine fix.

An informal lounge area with soft seating and more relaxed furniture is the perfect spot for students to take a well-earned study break and enjoy a nice cup of coffee and a chat with fellow students.