College Library Spaces

College Library Spaces

Managing the space

Demco Interiors approach to designing and furnishing school library and classroom spaces focussed on the importance of managing electronic and physical resources.


No matter the size of the space or the budget, today’s environments demand that reading literacy and digital literacy sit side by side. Traditional book stock sit on easy to see display shelves alongside interactive screens, ipad /tablet bars, green screens for filming and multi use amphitheatre style seating for reading sessions or school produced productions.


ÔÇ£We want to encourage students to use different resources, especially if they are going onto University. It can’t just be electronic, so I think it’ll always be important that we have books and magazines as well as digitalÔÇØ. FE College librarian.


An intuitive design with intuitive resources is less about managing the space and having more time to support students. The aim therefore is to create a self managing space where students can self issue media, book the spaces they need, hire laptops etc., and the managing software will provide useful data to drive future resource decisions.


Michaela Lancaster, Senior Design Manager, Demco says: ÔÇ£The blueprint for our educational designs is flexibility of space, flexibility of working (group and individual) and the digital revolution. Once we have these in mind our job is to create a space that zings with imagination for students and staff.ÔÇØ


Michaela continues: ÔÇ£We recently designed a hub that was totally untraditional in terms of use and space and staffing. A flexible space with furnishings that could be easily constructed and deconstructed – no special tools, no special skills no strong staff or students required! The space is so versatile that as well as a fully functioning library with retail look, matt black shelving, quick pick book display units and multi-coloured clip together work pods, the space is also used to host Awards’ evenings, parents’ evening, the school Christmas Fair and even a 15m stayed bridge as part of a ÔÇÿBridge to Schools SessionÔÇØ.


The brief is to creatively design the space and the furnishings that give every child the chance to learn and develop in a motivating and stimulating environment.


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