Public libraries are no longer quiet spaces by default. As active community spaces, the quiet needs to be built into their design. What's more, our library's existing open floor plan, while attractive and flexible, hasn't helped with noise abatement.
Our goals include:
- adding glass dividers to isolate louder areas;
- creating a separated quiet area at the back of the library with comfortable seating for reading, study and reflection;
- adding small, distraction-free study nooks throughout the library.
Reading nooks, like this one in Laurel, Delaware, are a great way to avoid distraction and focus on reading.
With a little imagination, quiet spaces can be located anywhere in the library, such as here in a Texas public library.
However possible, we'd like to help our users stay on task and avoid distraction.
Our quiet areas will downplay technology, while still keeping users connected and fully charged.
To make this happen consider making a pledge, offering your ideas and energy, or at least vote in November. (Perhaps you want to help pay for a fireplace in our quiet area when others don't? ;-)