Undoubtedly one of the most impressive rooms of any school, the library is a space filled with information and technology. As a key resource to students, the library should be inviting and ergonomic; encouraging visitors to enter and stay awhile. From quiet areas of study to areas created for group interactions, the layout and design of the library furniture plays an integral part of the student’s experience.
One element of a library that goes without saying is the bookshelf or case. However, these don’t have to be the old fashioned cases we saw in our younger days. With several manufacturers making cutting-edge designs, bookcases are now available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Thus, when working with a designer, you can be sure to incorporate a bookshelf that will allow for the best use of your library space. Whether straight or curved, fixed or mobile, bookcases set the tone for your environment.
Next to bookcases when it comes to library furniture is chairs. Whether you’re looking to provide group seating or quiet, individual nooks, choosing the proper seating is imperative. For example, lounge or ottomans when placed correctly can create the ideal setting to encourage group collaboration. Whereas trendy stools and chairs encourage quiet focus time. A mixture of both types is perfect to create an environment useful to all.
In today’s society, one must be able to function in the digital world to succeed. Thus, your library furniture should have plenty of space for computer workstations. A workstation should include bench desks with individual seating options. However, working with the area at hand is the most important consideration. You want to be sure you’re allowing the students enough room to have a notebook available as well as be able to concentrate. Electrical positioning is a factor as well.
With over two decades behind us, consider our team at School Furnishings for your library furniture. We are a full-service distributor that will stand with you from concept and design through samples and installation. For more information on the product lines we carry, visit our online selection, or give us a call at (603) 882-9418.