HONORABLE MENTION: 2013 national competition project | Library Redesign #255
Redisigning the high school library to make it more modern and to accommodate the needs of teaching and learning for the modern student as well as a place to study, do research, hang out, and relax, all within the boundaries of the library.
A few kids from my school we working on this project, so what we did was that we grouped together to fidn out the dimensions for our current library. We split up in each period and took the correct measurements needed to create the layout of our library. Our teacher assisted us in being able to find the old blueprints and plans set up, along with helping to find out the hieght of the walls and the distance of the road outside away from the school. Once the dimensions were found and imported to create the layout, this is where we split our seperate ways and designed our own school libraries. Inside my schools library we currently have one big library with little rooms connections to it; a computer lab, a study, IT room, servers room, and an empty classroom. In the library, there is an open area full of desks and tables where study kids usually go or teachers bring their class to to do research or read. Also, there are 30 computers and a laptop rack where students are free to use, and teachers bring their students for researchprojects. Also, on seperate sides of the library are rows of book shelves with books including references and encyclopedias. In the computer lab is 5 rows of 6 computers for another 30, where this room is only used by teachers and their students. The study room is just connected to the library, and is a room full of tables, desks, and a few computers where students do homework, study, read, basically have a free period. The IT/Servers room, no students are allowed in there. Obtaining the information from my teacher, it is a basic office with wires hanging all over the place with a servers room connected to it so they can monitor and access them without a problem. The empty classroom was used as a little cafe where bagels, fruit, and drinks were sold. As of now, it is not in use and used for storage. Students are not allowed outside in our school, except for lunch (which has an enclosed courtyard in the lunchroom), and there is nothing outside around the library for students to do.
What I plan on doing for this project is to make our library more modern. I plan on turning that empty room into a cafe, which it was originally used as, to sell little snacks, not meals to the students during study/after school hours. There are a lot of books that no body really uses any more. So my plan for them is to remove them, and replace them with computers, since that is what today's day and age of learning is mostly fixed on, technology. I plan on adding more comoputers to the library, and doing so in groups, that way, multiple classes can use the computers at once, instead of them all fighting over the computer lab. Another big thing I plan on doing is to make something out of the empty space in that "courtyard," whether to make it into a courtyard or hangout or whatever. Overall, I plan on making the library more modern and a place where students will want to go to learn and study and hang out with friends.
So what i have decided to do was to take the room that wasn't being used and turn it into a little cafe, like it used to be. A smaller version of a lunch room, not made to accomadate a lot of people but just a few kids where they can sit, talk, and relax. Also, I figured a courtyard will be a ncie touch of scenery and activity for students to do, instead of sitting aroudn inside all day, they can take their studies outside at a picnic table or such. I decided to leave the computer lab alone since it is already made to accomadate today's day and age was was recently redone to do so. The study hall is too big, taking up a good portion of the building that can be used for storage of books or more elctronic equipment. Also, I would like to add some type of lounge area into the building, to distract from all of the technology and learning tools, to make the library seem more "fun".
My final design is my vision of a modern library, interpreted to make a students time in their worth while, and create a fun, learning atmosphere. What i did first, was create a better workspace for students to work on the computers. Taking away the books, I lined computers along the walls of the library, and in groups surrounding those areas. That allows for teachers to take their students into the library, and isolate them from other classes or students. With each little isolated area, I added a smart board with a built in projector, so teachers can teach their students while they work. With the computers in the back row, are enabled IPod/IPad/IPhone chargers, allowing students to charge their electronics during the school day. What I did with the books, was I moved them over to the study room, Room 514. That room was rather big so I cut into it, and allowed myself to create more space to store the extra books. Then, the biggest part of my project, is the cafe i added. The cafe took up room 502 and allows for students to purchase small snakcs and drinks. With these purchases, students can either eat in the little lounge set up in the cafe, or take their snacks outside into the courtyard, attached to the side of the building, giving them a feeling of freedom while outside. Connected to the cafe, I transformed the storage space into a kitchen to store the inventory or snacks students can purchased, equipped with a freezer, storage cabinets, and a sink. Outside in the courtyard, I added picnic tables scattered throughout. Covering the tables are umbrellas protecting students from the sun as they study/eat/relax. Around the outside of the courtyard are benches, giving students a wide variety of seating options. There is also a big garden in the middle of the courtyard, giving it some scenery, along with barracading the students in with a row of trees, allowing them not to leave, but still giving the area beauty. Lastly, what I changed was the librarians office. What was two seperate offices is now one connected office, giving them space to work together and communicate between the two of them, and allowing them to have their own little personal areas within that space. in there they can work on their projects without being disturbed by students.