Thursday, October 11, 2018

Learning About Library Design

As part of the Library Journal Design Institute held in Minneapolis on September 20-21, state library staff had an opportunity to tour four branches of the Hennepin County Library system: Webber Park, Brooklyn Park, Ridgedale, and Walker. Three branches are less than four years old, and Ridgedale was recently renovated. It was a chance to see current trends in library design and layout. For example, high ceilings, lots of windows, multipurpose spaces, and plenty of play area. Two fun touches were a giant “Lite-Brite,” and a wall panel which was a dry erase board.

Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County Library System
Minneapolis, MN

Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County Library System
Minneapolis, MN

Ridgedale, Hennepin County Library System
Minneapolis, MN

Walker, Hennepin County Library System
Minneapolis, MN

Webber Park, Hennepin County Library System
Minneapolis, MN

Over 100 people, from at least five states, attended the conference. Important points included: library work is more and more about participatory work with the community, and library design should reflect that. Note that designing work spaces is as important as public spaces. And remember to reach out and get input from the community when planning a project.