Public Library Teen Space Design: An Evaluation of Theory in Practice

by Pusey, Anne

Abstract (Summary)
While a review of the literature reveals a set of accepted standards for quality teen space design, this paper seeks to determine if public library teen spaces currently succeed in meeting these standards. Teen space design is significant not only for its aesthetic value, but for its impact on teens, who face many developmental challenges as well as a lack of safe and welcoming environments in which to experience them. Library teen spaces were examined both in theory and in practice, comparing the standards portrayed through available literature to reality. An extensive literature review was conducted, and a compendium of recommendations was used to establish a set of accepted standards. A selection of public library teen spaces was then evaluated to determine their adherence to these standards. Gaps in service were analyzed, and, finally, changes to improve service to the teen population were recommended.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Brian Sturm

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:libraries space utilization young adults’ planning library decoration evaluation


Date of Publication:07/17/2008

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