I recently visited the University of Warwick to find out about their use of space in the library. Related posts:
On arrival at the Library, the signage is clear and welcoming.
It tells me where I am, where everything is and what the basic library rules are.
There are plasma screens at several points in the Library, and they tell me what’s happening today.
I like this notice because it tells me where else I can work, rather than just announcing the disruption.
There is RFID self-issue, and also self-return with a sorting system:
When an item is returned, the machine reads the item’s RFID tag, obtains its shelfmark from the LMS and then directs the item into a book bin according to its destination (e.g. third floor, short loan collection, DVD).
The library has electronic rolling stack, which I had never seen before!
There was an informal seating area with a variety of newspapers for students to browse.
Seeing bookmoves and reclassification projects in progress was a comforting reminder that many other academic libraries spend their summers doing this, not just at my workplace!
I liked the use of spare wall space (especially in stairwells) to display art – it made the building feel thoughtful as well as functional, and reminded me of the pursuit of education as a holistic, lifelong activity as well as for a focused, specific purpose such as a degree course.