Universal Design

A Practical Guide to Creating and Re-Creating interiors of Academic Libraries for Teaching, Learning, and Research


  • Gail Staines, Saint Louis University, USA

Universal Design provides practitioners, graduate students, and other professionals interested in obtaining practical advice on how to effectively create and re-create interiors of academic libraries for teaching, learning, and research. The academic library ‘as place’ continues to evolve around the idea that the existing environment can have multiple uses. Partnerships with other college and university agencies, such as centers for teaching excellence and writing centers have compatible missions with those of academic libraries. Established within the building-proper these facilities will better serve students and faculty. The book fills the need for current information about how to effectively design and re-design academic library spaces to meet the ever-changing needs for today’s and tomorrow’s students, faculty, and researchers.
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Directors, deans, and administrators of academic libraries worldwide; Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science; Academic affairs administrators; Those involved with writing centers and centers of teaching excellence; Information technologists; Interior designers and architects of academic library-type buildings


Book information

  • Published: July 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-633-3

Table of Contents

Why interior design matters; Creating user-centered spaces in academic libraries; Universally-friendly spaces; Universal design of learning spaces; Potential collaborations; Transforming spaces through the use of vignettes; Conclusion.