This question generated lively discussion among students in a feedback session held by the Libraries last week. Standing desks, iPads for checkout, headphones for loan, makerspaces, comfy chairs, and a cafe, were a few of the many ideas buzzing around the room.
The students met with architects from the firm Shepley Bulfinch to provide feedback on upcoming library renovations in Hayden, Barker, and Rotch. They viewed slides of other libraries and learning spaces at different universities to stimulate discussion, and organized their ideas on flip charts with titles like: study/learn, work+research, create, collaborate, and interact.
“I’m so impressed with the inner workings of the Libraries,” said Claire Webb (Grad, HST). “I’m amazed to be able to get any books that I want. The librarians are super helpful. These services dwarf the aesthetics of the library. The services work beautifully, but are so utilitarian, I wish these two things would align,” she said.
The students’ suggestions will inform the planning process as the Libraries embark on major space renovations in the years ahead. Another student feedback session will be held Tuesday, October 14.
To learn more about the planning process, and add your ideas to the discussion go to the website: Planning the future of library spaces at MIT.