Flexible Sixth Form and College Libraries
The requirements for Sixth Form school and college libraries can be as diverse as their students. At Demco Interiors we have an abundance of experience creating successful library and learning resource spaces for this sector.
Our brief for many Sixth Form schools and colleges has been to create spaces with modern styling, but still support the traditional needs of libraries as well as incorporate innovative features for an increasingly sophisticated user group. Physical space design for schools and colleges is beginning to model modern social and work environments by becoming a versatile space where students can work, hang out and meet up as well as study, research and learn.
With so many different types of course to cater for in today’s education environments, flexibility and variety in terms of ways to study are crucial. We’re often asked to design layouts based on creating a series of micro-environments, where students can either work by themselves in a quiet or even silent space, have access to spaces where they can work as a group and use their presentation and team working skills. Fit for purpose furnishings include IT benching, large format group study tables, breakout areas, individual study carrels, furnishings that integrate charging and power options. Pods and booths are popular allowing students to work in small groups around a presentation screen.
We increasingly design, furnish and install ‘transitional’ environments that prepare students for their next lifestage whether it is a University or business/ office environment. From boardroom style presentations to heads down research, from informal discussions to silent exam study, the sixth form and college library design has to align with the school or college curriculum and strategic objectives. We also recognise the requirements for space planning that ensure effective stock management, integration of other services such as self service plus front and back of house spaces for staff and visitors.
From a simple pod to a large scale phased project we deliver adventurous, exciting spaces to motivate, inspire and prepare students for life after school and college.
So nice to see students walk in, stop and say WOW!