Transforming Academic and Corporate Libraries

How Furniture and Facilities are Adapting to a Digital Age

At the 2009 EDUCAUSE conference, Syracuse University Dean of Libraries Suzanne E. Thorin bluntly said: “Let’s face it: the library, as a place, is dead. Kaput. Finito. We need to move on to a new concept of what the academic library is.”

Clearly, libraries as quiet places of solitary research packed with stacks of books are vanishing. But does that mean that libraries are dead?

Far from it. Libraries are in the midst of a dramatic metamorphosis into vibrant information centers designed for collaborative learning and work. Everything about a library is changing – from the way information is being provided and used, to the way that people are working, to the functions that furniture and spaces must perform.