Maximizing Learning Spaces, Or How to MacGyver Your Library

Project Manager Brett Lear
State Library Project Monitor Lena Pham
SCLC Executive Director Diane Satchwell

The Maximizing Learning Spaces Project is a collaboration between the California State Library and Southern California Library Cooperative that will provide an opportunity for libraries to re-examine, plan, evaluate, and reimagine library spaces to maximize their potential as places of learning, literacy, and reading. Participating libraries will work with planning consultants to analyze, evaluate, and 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 able to select up to $5000 in appropriate furnishings, such as tables and chairs, to help transform their space into a place of learning. Participating libraries will work with the planning consultants to select furnishings, and eligible costs will be limited to movable furnishings, décor, supplies, lighting, shelving, and shipping costs.

See the project's Facebook page for more information about the project and resources for participants.

Participating libraries

Space planning consultants for this project

This project is supported 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.