Designing the learning spaces of a university library

Ellison, Wendy (2016) Designing the learning spaces of a university library. New Library World, 117 (5/6). pp. 294-307. ISSN 0307-4803

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Abstract

Purpose
This paper reflects on the Bognor Regis Learning Resource Centre at the University of Chichester which opened in early 2012. In particular, it looks at how the spaces within the building were designed to enhance student learning and whether it meets student needs in practice.

Design/methodology/approach
The research was conducted by way of a case study which included interviews and questionnaires. In addition, observations and the measurement of sound levels resulted in the collection of statistical data for analysis.

Findings
The findings suggest that although the building is popular as a learning space and provides for a variety of learning styles, nevertheless, there are some problems with the interior design. In addition, future pressures and advances in technology will require further development of the building to keep pace with changing user needs and expectations.

Originality/value
The study contributes to the body of research regarding the use of library space for student learning in higher education. In addition, it makes practical suggestions for future developments that could also be considered by other higher education institutions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Ellison, W. (2016), "Designing the learning spaces of a university library", New Library World, Vol. 117 No. 5/6, pp. 294-307. https://doi.org/10.1108/NLW-01-2016-0006 Copyright © 2016, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic Libraries, Learning spaces, Learning environments, Library architecture, Library design, Student needs
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Divisions: Academic Areas > Professional Services > Library Services
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Depositing User: Angela Roberts
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2022 14:39
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2022 14:39
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6406

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