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Some libraries want to attract people, but don't know how to handle the noise from social interactions. How do you develop social space in the library?

collaborative space

A social space is where interaction is encouraged - it should be nosier than a reflective space, where interaction is discouraged and silence is the law. Most people realize this. Lounge areas, for example, often are arranged to limit conversation. Instead all chairs need to face across each other - like a coffee table. We know that we can change user interaction by changing the furniture arrangements. Instead of placing all chairs in a row, for example, we turn them toward one another and allow students to work in parallel.

collaborative space

The arrangement of architectural elements modifies the perception of space.

An Architectural Colonnade appears to have more space for bodily action than an enclosed room. It provides a pathway and edges to sit.

Open Learning Environment: A psychological feeling of flexibility is created by the indefinite physical space. As the workflow or pathway is easy to see, confinement in a large room is minimal.

Closed Environment - Group Study Room A room is closed in every direction.

Semi-Enclosed Room A three sided room can be both quiet and collaborative.


Aaron Cohen Associates, LTD can define the spaces in your library and help you define your next generation service plan.