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Room to Grow:

Considerations for Planning Preschool Spaces in Public Libraries





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Introduction

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This essay, Room to Grow: Considerations for Planning Preschool Spaces in Public Libraries, was originally written in May 2005 to fulfill course requirements for Facilities Planning (LIS 587), a course offered at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.

The essay was reformatted using HTML coding in January 2007 to fulfill requirements for the LIS 600 Capping Exercise.

Preschool children and their caregivers comprise a significant group of library users. Subsequently, it is critical that the distinct needs and learning modes of preschool children should be considered and incorporated into the physical design of public libraries. In this essay, a concise review of professional literature and influential trends is followed by a brief examination of six areas to consider when planning preschool spaces in public libraries: (1) location and size, (2) layout and amenities, (3) shelving, (4) technology and computers, (5) programming space, and (6) furnishings and décor.


Created by Donna Riehl for LIS 600 Capping Project
University of Alberta, Canada
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2007.