Meeting Spaces and Rooms

Submitted by (@newlin83)

Smaller silent reading rooms and better lighting

My favorite libraries are ones that have areas that are small with dark wood and don't allow talking or phones. I also enjoy libraries that have rows of tables with lights for reading. The current library is not enjoyable to read in; it reminds me of the Houston Public Library, which is awful (even after renovation). I really like the architecture library at The University of Texas at Austin, the 2001 Nashville central ...more »

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Finalist Architects' Design Ideas

Submitted by (@godzillajr)

Build a new main library

Look at the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago, which opened in May 2011. The structure consists of an above-ground, 8,000-square-foot, 180-person capacity Main Reading Room. Four long rows of reading tables provide lighting and free electricity. Each table has space to which a patron can lock a laptop to an anti-theft device. If needed, the tables can be disconnected to provide for group study. Free wireless ...more »

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