Why interior design matters


This chapter discusses why interior design matters in academic libraries. It provides a summary of relevant research and current thinking in academic library design. Research cited includes the literature on work environments and productivity, the influence of acoustic and visual aesthetics on productivity and life work, the role of neuroscience in creativity, relaxation and alertness, current studies on the effect of interior design of school buildings on teaching and learning, and the impact of interior space design on library employees. The definition and importance of Universal Design, examples of Universal Design principles, and designing effective spaces for today’s students and faculty, as well ...

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