Searching, + finding information in the public library of the future.

 

I love books, designing experiential processes for public spaces where people come together, and the intersection between digital and physical worlds. This is why I picked this topic for my thesis.

While working on my thesis I …

 

 

Description

The “Stadtbibliothek Ulm” is a public library in Ulm, Germany, which will move into a new building by 2005. The building was designed to accommodate the changing media landscape, and refresh the “dusty” image of the public library in general.

I chose this library as a case study for my thesis. In my thesis I am addressing the issues of knowledge accessibility and procurement in the context of new- and archived media, and hierarchical organized information in digital- and physical space.

In my thesis I am proposing solutions for a “public library of the future” in the context of identity while taking into account digital library networks, interfaces of online catalogues, navigation, orientation, and new functional areas of architectural space.

Downloads:
Full thesis (PDF, 40 MB, in German)
Conceptual diagram (PDF, 1MB, in German)

 

Concept + Design

The concept aims at bringing digital and physical space together and consists of a combination of solutions that address the following areas:

Simple search in OPAC

Extended search in OPAC

Navigating in public space

The online search allows users to add medium types to a virtual list, similar to an online shopping cart, and print out the list once the online search is finalized.

Users can then print out this list and use it to navigate the physical space in the library.

Library experience

After entering the building, visitors will orient themselves on the orientation system

After entering the building, visitors familiarize themselves with the orientation system

They will pass the information desk on the left hand side

They will pass the information desk on the left hand side

They'll walk straight, then to the right towards the circulation desk

They’ll walk straight, then to the right towards the circulation desk

Visitors will walk up the stairs to the second floor. Walking up the stairs requires walking to the left. Bearing left, visitors take the stairs to the second floor. After reaching a 180 degrees turn, they will stand in front of an orientation system specific to the floor they are on.

Visitors will walk up the stairs to the second floor. Walking up the stairs requires walking to the left. Bearing left, visitors take the stairs to the second floor. After reaching a 180 degrees turn, they will stand in front of an orientation system specific to the floor they are on.

In the children’s book section, shelves are lower and allow adults to oversee the area. On each floor, there is an information desk that can be seen directly from the staircase. All signs in the library are visible from anywhere.

In the children’s book section, shelves are lower and allow adults to oversee the area. On each floor, there is an information desk that can be seen directly from the staircase. All signs in the library are visible from anywhere.