4 futuristic school libraries that inspire learning

Today school libraries look quite different than they did when previous generations attended school. Instead of rows of long tables and shelves filled with dusty books, school libraries now provide flexible and group learning spaces, movable furniture, iPads and computers, learning pods, and more. Architects are being hired in certain schools to completely re-design and transform libraries to attract students to not only read, but use the space to their own advantage. By making these facilities visually appealing, as well as comfortable and playful with elements such as reading nooks and beanbags, kids are more engaged and inspired to enjoy reading and learning. Here are some examples of school libraries of the future that align with 21st century teaching methods (such as collaborative learning) and incorporate technology and visual elements to encourage independent learning and make reading fun. The Learning Hub at St Andrew’s Anglican College in Queensland, Australia, is not just a library but a flexible and collaborative learning space which incorporates offices, lounges, an outdoor learning area and technology.

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