Reading Lounge; a Library Interior Design Refresh
RATIO wrote this on Feb 23, 2017

 Small changes, big impact

The City of Burnaby contracted RATIO to provide a solution to update their well-used Reading Lounge at the Metrotown branch of the Burnaby Public Library as it no longer met the needs of the library or patrons. The goal of the Reading Lounge project was to update the space to reflect changing patterns of use. Library stakeholders wanted a more functional, comfortable and better-illuminated space for patrons which reflects the character of the library. Even with no structural modifications, or major change of use parameters to meet, this small interior design library project delivered impactful changes to the branch through new lounge furniture, lamps and newspaper display racking.

Early feedback from library staff and patrons is positive:

“I wanted to pass on that we are getting compliments already on the new lamps in the Reading Lounge – from patrons and staff alike – and they have only been installed for about a week.  The new look is both classic and modern and I think it will age well. Thanks for your contributions to making our library beautiful!”

Deb Thomas, Deputy Chief Librarian & Branch Manager, Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch

RATIO works with municipalities, library boards and staff to create library design plans that meet the needs of unique and diverse user groups. Projects may range from large-scale to small; new space design, changing use solutions to interior design refresh. Recent and ongoing projects include Rossland Library, Pitt Meadows Community Library, City of Burnaby libraries at Cameron Recreation Centre and  Metrotown,  the City of Richmond’s Brighouse Library, and conceptual design work for the Vancouver Public Library’s Inspiration Lab.

Just a few of our library projects:

Richmond Public Library Brighouse Branch

Pitt Meadows Central Library

Concept for Vancouver Public Library’s Inspiration Lab