Far from being mere spaces for storage, today’s shelving systems often display more than they conceal, especially in a domestic setting. Here, arrangements of everyday objects such as books, plants, various ornaments and bric-à-brac can create a colourful composition celebrating everyday domestic life. Nevertheless, there are plenty of options that can also conceal more prosaic, less decorative objects needed for the everyday.
Modern libraries are dynamic spaces, offering areas in which to relax, socialise and study. The contemporary library should be inspirational, while providing spaces for quiet reflection – a learning environment that encourages exploration, where information and stock is clearly displayed and easily accessible.