Transforming Library Space

Rob and I will be conducting a webinar titled Transforming Library Space: A webinar rethinking how library spaces can be configured to enhance and expand community engagement on Wednesday, March, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET.

Here's the description:

While future-facing libraries are pushing boundaries, the public still perceives libraries as being primarily about books. As libraries of all types expand their focus, physical spaces are being transformed in ways we couldn’t have imagined even 10 years ago. Rethink how your library’s space might be configured to better engage your existing users as well as draw in new users. Learn how some key budget-friendly alterations to existing library space can refresh users’ perceptions and keep them coming back.

To register go to https://scrlc.org/events/view/5682


Kimberly Bolan and Associates and Year in Architecture 2015

Overview of the Tiverton (RI) Public Library
Very excited to see this year's Year in Architecture published by Library Journal. KBA was fortunate to have a 2015 filled with many fun and inspirational facility projects. Thanks to all our fabulous clients who partnered with us to produce some pretty wonderful things. Tiverton (RI) Public Library with it's brand new 21st century facility, the revamp of the Orion (MI) Public Library's Family Place Library, Monroe County (IN) Public Library's new teen area and digital media center (for all ages), a new 20-something collaboration space at the Sachem (NY) Public Library, Plainfield-Guilford Township (IN) Public Library's 7,000 SF renovated interactive children's area, and South Hill (VA) - R.T. Arnold Public Library's new teen room. Congratulations to you all!


Orion Township Public Library Renovation - Phase 1

I just received some photos from our client and friend Karen Knox, Director of the Orion Township (MI) Public Library. Kimberly Bolan and Associates has been partnering with Karen and her team over the past few years on both strategic planning and facilities planning.

Karen's compiled images showing the results of Phases 1 and 2 of their 3-phase space redesign project (on a budget). Phase 1 included a remodel of their lobby and implementation of a new service model (smaller service point, self-serve check-out and holds, and more).  Phase 2 involved a complete redesign of their children's area with collections, spaces, and interactive elements for ages 0 - 12.

Phase 3 begins this month with the revamping of the rest of the library. Stay tuned for more!


MLA 2015

We really enjoyed giving this presentation at MLA 2015 in Worcester, MA this week. Thanks to everyone who attended. Here's a copy of the presentation. Enjoy and email me at kim@rethinkinglibraries.org if you have questions.

Stay tuned for the furniture vendor list that I promised. I'll be posting it soon.


New Quiet and Active Spaces at Sachem Public Library, Long Island, NY

Collaboration Space / 20-30 Something Area (top)
and Independent Study / Quiet Area (bottom)
One of our long-time clients recently collaborated with us to create new quiet and active spaces in their 3,000 SF mezzanine area. Originally, the mezzanine was full of 90" high stacks. After conducting a full collection analysis and meeting with community members, the Sachem staff decided that public needs had changed. Two new priorities set forth were the creation of: 

1.  A collaboration area geared at 20 and 30 year-olds

2.  An independent study/quiet space for all adults

"The Loft" collaboration space includes a variety of powered furniture, mobile pieces so areas can be rearranged as needed, mobile white boards, mobile flat panels with plug and play technology for group work, and a mini Makerspace.

The study/quiet space includes a new type of study carrel on casters with built-in sound baffling. Soft seating with pull-up work tables are also included here.

The two areas are separated by the remaining 90" stacks to help baffle the sound. A change in carpet pattern also helps define each of these new spaces. For a few "during" photos refer to Sachem 2014-2015.  The space is anticipated to be finished in Spring 2015. More photos to follow then.