Tag Archives: library spaces

Diverse communities: library spaces

Inevitably when writing a series of articles about libraries and diverse communities, some of the posts will overlap a little and there were many occasions when an interesting link or story about a library could have fitted into more than one category. While many uses of library space are directly related to services offered by the […]

More about the Library of the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain

We had such an overwhelming response to the Postcard we received from the Library of Prado Museum that we asked Marta Bausá Arpón to tell us more about her beautiful library: The Library of the Prado Museum is the most important art library in Spain. The library has a staff of nine people, and is part […]

Postcard from ADA University Library in Azerbaijan

Today’s postcard comes to us from Vafa Mammadova at the ADA University Library in Azerbaijan:  Synthesis of Modernity and Comfort ADA University Library is one of the unique libraries in the region for its structure and for implementing the cutting-edge library-information technologies to meet the information needs of students, faculty and staff of the university. It is the […]


And as the final post from our Library Spaces topic, we bring you this post from Anna Maria Tammaro, the ILN Country Coordinator for Italy  For more than 300 years Italian libraries were famous in the world, for their collections and their monumental buildings. In the Renaissance period, the libraries were built to emphasize the […]

School Library Design (Part One)

As a special feature to wrap up  our library spaces discussion topic we are showcasing a 2 part piece about School Library Design from  one of our participants, Alan Jacques. Thanks Alan! School Library Design – A two part article that is, in truth, more philosophy than design  Part One There is a great deal of […]

Library spaces we love: Seattle Public Library’s Central Library

Today’s post comes from ILN Program Coordinator, Amy Barker Seattle Public Library’s Central Library I visited this library on a trip to the US back in 2006 and was struck by the approach to space, the openness and the bold use of colour. Some areas are very intimate and cosy while others are vertigo inducing […]

Library Spaces We Love: Library spaces and favourite features

Today’s post comes for our ILN Country Coordinator for the UK, Helen Murphy. Until a few months ago I spent quite a lot of time working in an Elizabethan chained library. (No kidding). It’s the Old Library at Trinity Hall in Cambridge. It was built in 1590, and was basically untouched ever since: everything was […]