Libraries | Student Unions

Lesson Plans for Libraries

Libraries aren’t what they used to be. Good thing, too. Where once they were the ultimate repositories of knowledge, the Internet has made information available anywhere/anytime. So the library has morphed into something more — a learning lab, a conclave for collaboration, an idea incubator, a vital part of an active learning environment, and a social hub where campus life and community events converge.

As libraries evolve, new purpose-driven areas are emerging. Steelcase researchers have plotted them as a quadrant of four distinct zones: public and private, individual and group work areas. Furthermore each has to support multiple types of activities. While distinct in purpose and focus, they share common themes: the need for access to technology, adjacency, and unique visual and acoustical considerations are among them. The demand for information hasn’t changed, but access, delivery, utilization and the creation of it has. NBS can help you rethink the library, student union or similar space for the way students learn today.


  • The library should support collaboration and group work. Students need study space, technology, access to information and a flexible environment that supports working in pairs and teams.
  • In the library, people come together in ways they might not in the classroom. Provide informal spaces that support interactions between students, faculty and staff to nurture learning and socializing.
  • Private study is still very important in libraries. Individual study areas should allow students to settle in for extended periods without visual or auditory distractions.