Let us furnish your Makerspace!

Makerspaces, sometimes called Hackerspaces, can be any area where people gather to make and create. In these spaces, people share supplies, skills, and ideas, and often work together on projects. Many libraries have found that maker culture and Makerspaces fit naturally with their existing missions, and have begun to incorporate Makerspaces into the services they offer their communities. Maker spaces support learning in an informal environment, cultivate an interest in science and technology, foster play and exploration, nurture peer-to-peer learning, and develop a culture of creating as opposed to consuming. We supply Makerspace furniture in many styles.

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Onondaga County Public Libraries (above)

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4 Ways We Helped Transform this Modern School Libary

School libraries play an essential role in ensuring that students have necessary information literacy skills, by establishing opportunities for learning. Traditional K-12 libraries are constantly adapting to student’s needs. We had the privilege of outfitting Valleyview Middle School in Denville, NJ with innovative furnishings to achieve their desired goals. 1. Curved Lounge Seating with Laptop … Read more

Moveable and Flexible Furniture in Learning Commons and Higher Education Libraries

  Movable furniture is vitally important in Higher Education libraries to allow students to create the unique configurations they require in order to work either in teams or by themselves. Many manufacturers have developed solutions for both reading tables and lounge chairs to provide students the flexibility to tailor their environment to the task at … Read more

Collaboration tables take center stage with library furniture manufacturers

Group study rooms are among the busiest areas in 21st century libraries.  At the college and university level, students will often reserve these rooms days in advance in order to spend an hour or two collaborating with members of their project teams.

In public libraries, local businesses and students are meeting in these rooms due to the lack of collaboration space elsewhere in the community.  As the need for these meeting spaces continues to grow, so too does the sophistication of the laptops and mobile devices that library patrons come armed with.

Several library furniture manufacturers have taken notice of this trend and are providing a combination of furniture and technology solutions.  Almost every group study room has a large television screen in the room to assist with projection.  Our manufacturers are now providing collaboration tables with cutouts in the center of the work surface that can accommodate a myriad of electrical, data and A/V components.  This equipment allows a student or library patron to quickly and easily project content from their laptop or mobile device to the television screen.

Here are just a few examples of collaboration tables that are available from library furniture manufacturers.

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Please contact Creative Library Concepts at (908) 276-9200 for additional information or pricing.

Library Touchscreen OPAC Station Provides Many Features

Creative Library Concepts has partnered with Library Automation Technologies (LAT) to develop and bring to market a Touchscreen OPAC (online patron access catalog) Station that offers the following benefits:

  • Can be mounted on end panels or building columns; eliminates need for OPAC tables and seating
  • Will display web-based OPAC or existing OPAC software; compatible with all ILS vendors
  • Will display digital signage when screen is not being used; library director will have a web-based module to control content that appears on every screen in the library
  • Can be customized to provide access to any additional library programs and software, including:
    • Calendar
    • Room reservation system
    • Payment systems
    • Any software (including Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, etc.) used at the library
  • Can be easily expanded into a full self-checkout system with the addition of a scanner and receipt printer

The pictures on this page show some recent installation photos from West Waldorf Public Library in Maryland and the initial product renderings that we developed for this product:

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Please contact Creative Library Concepts at (908) 276-9200 for additional information or pricing.

Gates Public Library Wins ASID Design Excellence Award

All of us at Creative Library Concepts were thrilled to hear that SLQ Design was awarded a 2012 ASID Silver Design Excellence Award for the project that we worked on together at Gates Public Library in Rochester, NY!

The award was in the Educational / Academic / Library category and beat out some very tough competition this year to claim the Silver!

We are so proud of our entire project team, including our manufacturers and installers, for doing such a great job on this project.

Here are some photos of this award-winning project:

Gates Library Furniture Award