This foundation provides downloadable blueprints for efficiently-built school libraries

A school in rural China with 1,000 pupils, sharing just one library facility 45-square-metres in size. Now, compare that with your school library, your university library or even your local library. Is it anything like 45-square-metres in size?From time to time, it’s good to take a moment like this to reflect on the educational resources you have around you.Whether you have access to 1,000 books or 10 interactive whiteboards, you have a chance to enhance your expertise and increase your academic opportunities.But this is the reality for many students around the world, whose educational resources stretch to a confined space with a handful of books and limited writing apparatus. Noticing the need for renovated learning spaces and resourceful academic areas, the UK’s WikiHouse Foundation aims to place design solutions for constructing low-cost, low-energy, high-performance buildings into the hands of every citizen and business on earth.Recently, the open-source architecture platform attracted a great deal of attention for the part it played in the construction of a new library at Er-tai primary school in Hebei, a northern Chinese province near Beijing.The school’s surrounding community is greatly afflicted by poverty, but the new ‘Huaxia Star Library’ has granted students a central public space with a courtyard, a reading room with library shelves and plenty of windows to shed natural light upon their textbooks.

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