Library Planning Research,  work in progress

Library Programming Concept

The Habitability Framework provides a holistic perspective, considering both the physical and social aspects of a space. We use it to guide decision-making processes, design interventions, and policy development. This library programming concept helps us create more livable and sustainable environments. Aaron Cohen Associates, LTD studies how built and natural environments impact people in the library. Our library programs help improve the utilization of libraries. As we develop the library plan, we study how the physical library environment influences user behavior and interactions. The Habitability Framework can be used during library planning to support the planning and design of libraries.

Habitability Framework

The Habitability Framework is a library program concept. We use it during architecture, urban planning, and library environment research projects to assess and evaluate the quality and usability of a library space and environment. Take a look at our blog-post library is a laboratory of the future to explore more of our content.

The Design Thinking for Libraries toolkit, developed by Public Libraries in Aarhus (Denmark) and Chicago (USA) with support from the Gates Foundation, offers a transformative approach to understanding and meeting the needs of patrons and engaging communities in innovative ways. As librarians face a diverse range of complex challenges, this toolkit provides a fresh perspective, along with new tools and approaches to address them effectively.

Design Thinking

Design Thinking empowers librarians to collaborate and uncover valuable insights about their communities. We use this methodology to experiment, co-create, and adapt services, programs, and processes to meet the evolving needs of library users. Our library programming toolkit acts as a valuable service planning tool, providing essential guidance for librarians to embark on a building discovery and user service transformation. If you want to explore tools to support your library planning project, design thinking for libraries is a good place for ideas.

Library Programming Framework

The Habitability Framework: Library Programming Concept typically considers multiple dimensions and criteria that influence the well-being and satisfaction of individuals within a given space. These dimensions can include physical, social, psychological, and environmental aspects.

Physical Comfort

This includes factors such as temperature, lighting, noise levels, air quality, and access to amenities and facilities.

Safety and Security

Evaluating the level of safety and security measures in place to protect individuals from physical harm or threats.

Social Interaction

Assessing the opportunities and availability of social connections, community engagement, and interactions with others within the space.


Examining the extent to which individuals can enjoy personal space, confidentiality, and control over their environment.


Assessing the ease of access and mobility within the space for individuals of all abilities.

Brand identity

Evaluating the visual appeal, cultural significance, and overall sense of identity and belonging within the space.

Library Programming

Assessing how well the space meets its intended purpose and provides suitable infrastructure, resources, and support for its users.

It is important to note that the specific dimensions and criteria within the Habitability Framework may vary depending on the context, purpose, and intended users of the space being evaluated.

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