Maximizing Learning Spaces, Or How to MacGyver Your Library

Project Manager Christian Theyer
State Library Project Monitor Lena Pham
SCLC Deputy Executive Director Wayne Walker

Project Overview

The Maximizing Learning Spaces Project is a collaboration between the California State Library and Southern California Library Cooperative that provides an opportunity for libraries to re-examine and evaluate library spaces to maximize their potential as places of learning, literacy, and reading. Participating libraries will work with planning consultants to assess how library spaces can be improved for greater information access. The ultimate goal of the project is to create a plan that reimagines the library space as a place that promotes reading and literacy.

Each participating library will also be provided furnishings to help transform their space into a place of learning. Participating libraries will work with the space planners to select furnishings, and eligible costs will be limited to movable furnishings, such as décor, supplies, lighting, shelving, and shipping costs.

This project was inspired by community aspirations raised at the 2016 Public Library Directors’ Forum and by OCLC’s Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project.

2018/19 Participating Libraries

2017/18 Participating Libraries

Additional Information

This project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.