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Here are four key tenets of 21st century academic library design - and a checklist of key areas to consider under each.


by Patrick Cain (Academic Impressions)

This past month in Philadelphia, nearly 60 library administrators, academic leaders, and facilities personnel gathered to discuss trends characterizing modern library spaces. These participants in our 2 ½ day Academic Library Planning and Revitalization Institute reached consensus on four key areas needed in order for modern academic libraries to better serve student users. From there, we collectively brainstormed how to provide these four key items through both physical design and programmatic choices.

We want to share with you the product of that group brainstorming exercise:


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