Future Library space: Renovations to meet client needs

HENNING, Judy C. (2015) Future Library space: Renovations to meet client needs. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2015 - Cape Town, South Africa in Session 75 - Library buildings and Equipment. In: IFLA WLIC 2015 - Cape Town, South Africa.

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Future Library space: Renovations to meet client needs

The purpose of this paper is to highlight how an existing library can be transformed to meet the current and future needs of clients. In an instance where a new building is not an option, it is important to plan a comprehensive renovation project to ensure that the “new” library would be a creative and emotional place that relates to the culture and needs of the clients of the institution. The paper is based on a practical project, but will refer to broader research on the requirements for future library spaces. A major focus area was to enhance accessibility and facilities for clients with special needs (evacuation, lifts, toilet facilities, access to collections and ease of movement in building) and to establish a well-equipped facility. The physical work environment has a big impact on productivity, staff turnover and job satisfaction. These aspects include climate regulation, quality of light, placement of workstations, noise levels, furniture, décor, plants and art works. Studies on the impact of the physical environment on work performance informed specifications to enhance workplace areas. The specifications for workplace areas, board rooms, “pause” areas and meeting areas were finalised in collaboration with staff in this context. The planning was benchmarked against world renowned renovation projects. The multi-million Rand project includes inspiring user spaces, efficient work and pause areas, interactive exhibition areas and state of the art facilities for clients with special needs. This case study will demonstrate visionary plans and solutions to current challenges in library spaces.

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