We moved our Central office into the Main Library building 18 months ago, as part of the library’s refurbishment, and so benefitted from the services of architects and interior designers who were happy to give us a firm steer towards a look which was in keeping with the rest of the building while meeting our own requirements.
There was the odd snag, of course – the over-bright LED lighting built in to our helpdesk springs to mind – but, all in all, we’re very pleased with the info room as a public space and as a working environment.
It’s bright, smart, and contemporary. Lots of white surfaces make it feel clean and inviting. Students can plug in their laptaps using floor sockets beneath the tables, and the tables are large enough for them to spread out our books and information folders at the same time. The wording on the wall (which looks stencilled but is actually stickers) catches the eye and helps to define the function of a specific area.
We thought storage space might be an issue; our bookcases help to address this by having cupboard space beneath the shelves. And this means there isn’t the wasted space that a floor-level shelf sometimes results in.
And there’s plenty of room for the Christmas tree!
Jane Challinor, University of Edinburgh Careers Service
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