Planning for Higher Education Journal

Positioning Collegiate Libraries for the Future

Creating a Distinctive Learning Commons to Meet Student Population Needs
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From Volume 41 Number 1 | October–December 2012
By Julie Villa
Planning Types: Campus Planning

In an effort to remain relevant and responsive to evolving developments in higher education, academic libraries are transforming existing spaces to meet the current and future needs of their students. By incorporating the specific programmatic elements of a learning commons with a focus on the institution’s unique demographics and goals, collegiate libraries will be better positioned as collaborative and flexible interdisciplinary resources. In this article, Bond Architects describes the process and outcomes of a library planning study conducted with St. Louis Community College’s David L. Underwood Library on the Florissant Valley campus.

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