Planning for Higher Education Journal

Learning Center

Case Study for Creating an Active Library
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From Volume 41 Number 4 | July–September 2013
By Philip DeAngelis, Michelle Neiman-Deschaaf
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Continuing its efforts to provide engaging spaces for students and promote collaborative education, Southwestern Michigan College had a new vision for what the campus library should be. An interior renovation of the existing library created an inviting atmosphere that is more conducive to today’s active learning. A new space plan encourages social interaction and group activities while providing dedicated areas for quiet study and tutoring. New finishes and updated furnishings revitalized the outdated facility with a warm, contemporary aesthetic. The design team worked closely with the college administration and library staff to achieve their goals within a short time frame and with limited resources.

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