Even in the digital age, public libraries remain a vital community resource. According to PLA’s latest study on user awareness in libraries, 53% of the public see the library as a source of community pride, and 61% of voters are willing to donate money to support their library.
Communities with great public libraries can draw more people in and continue the cycle of growth. However, this often means a redesign is in order. Communities that need to raise money for their library require specialized help (Contact Library Consultant). This work is essential to changing the building, enabling your library to grow.
A good design can increase usages of your library; when a new library is built or an existing one is renovated, there is an increase in educational programs and amenities. Our library programming results in new user experiences, because space is allotted for various patron activities: quiet reading, education, digital resources and group meetings.
The OCLC and PLA report outlined current perceptions and support among US voters and how they may have shifted over the last 10 years; it showed that libraries are still relevant today.
The update of the original study – From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America,
- 58% feel that public libraries advance education
- 51% believe libraries enhance the quality of life of any community
- 70% of library users visit the library building
- 52% of library users visit the library’s website
We are both digital librarians and a library space planning consultant group. We can help libraries that need to:
- Engage with the public to determine space and service needs, resulting in responsive buildings.
- Offer digital services to a social-media savvy public through inventive library services and operations.