The school library shouldn’t be all about books…
We are aware that a well stocked school library can play an important role in supporting and encouraging children to read, but, we don’t believe that it’s just the books that make a good library! To be truly successful it should be a multi-functional space, one that provides access to the internet and other electronic resources and includes areas for private and group study (space permitting).
Staff and students at Holy Cross Catholic High School in Chorley were looking for just that when they engaged us to redesign and furnish their library. Our brief was to deliver an inspirational room that would not only encourage students to pick up a book and read, but also a flexible area that could be used for a variety of purposes in what was once an underutilized area of the school.
Of course we introduced bookcases, no library would be complete without them, but, with the introduction of clusters of comfortable soft seating, including a centre piece sofa, they now have a relaxed environment for students to either simply sit quietly and read or engage in group discussion. Additional features include an ICT zone, a centrally located reception desk, individual and collaboration areas and a media section.
For this project flexibility was key; stacking tables and chairs allow the area to be quickly and easily re-configured from a classroom setup to a presentation/meeting area for staff and governors, fully optimising the space available.
In the first few weeks the new library was operational staff saw a 20% increase in traffic and at the open evening parents and other visitors were ‘blown away’ by the outstanding space. See more here.
So you see, offering more than just shelves and shelves of books can and does really make a difference. With the right layout, furniture, equipment, flooring, lighting and décor you can have a space that students and staff actually want to spend time in…
We know what makes a successful library and appreciate that for many education establishments space is at a premium, for this very reason we take time at the outset working closely with clients establishing the ways in which their environment can and will be used, enabling us to deliver a unique solution that suits all your requirements.
See more of our completed education projects here.