Meeting Spaces and Rooms

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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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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