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Space Planning [Event Ref. No. TG3/SP]


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The Hardy Room at the London Mathematical Society
57-58 Russell Square, London, WC1B 4HS

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Making the best use of available space has always been an issue of concern for libraries, but in an increasingly digital world where users come with enhanced expectations and funding remains tight, getting the space right is perhaps more important than ever. How do libraries and librarians go about planning, refurbishing and using their physical space to ensure they can continue to deliver innovative and relevant services to their users?

This half day event draws together a number of speakers from a mix of institutions, each with first-hand experience of researching, planning, negotiating and delivering very different library spaces. Presentations will cover how the nature of the space itself influences the way it is used, considering different types of users and their needs and allocations of space for study versus resource, making the best of limited resources, and what’s involved in a big library space project. There will be the opportunity for participants to discuss issues and concerns around space planning with colleagues, and to ask questions of our panel of speakers.

A visit to the University of East London’s New Stratford Library is taking place on Thursday 12th June, and can be booked separately.


13.00 – 13.30:  Arrival and Lunch

13.30 – 13.40:  Welcome and Introduction

13.40 – 14.05:  Caue Capille, UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment; ‘Space and planned informality’

14.05 – 14.30:  Rob Wannerton, Customer Relations Manager, Brunel University; ‘Library space: the Brunel experience’

14.30 – 14.50:  Tea

14.50 – 15.15:  David Archer, Reader Services Librarian, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; ‘Making the most of what you’ve got’

15.15 – 15.40:  Libby Homer, Associate Director (Client Services), University of East London; ‘What you plan for and what actually happens’

15.40 – 15.55:  Panel Session

15.55 – 16.00:  Close.

Venue: The Hardy Room at the London Mathematical Society, 57-58 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HS; Website:

Please note that there are limited places available for this event.

To book a place please use our online booking form or email the administrator via

Cost: £70 for members and £105 for other institutions.

Cancellations less than one week before the event will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. In the event of a ‘no-show’ on the day, the full fee will be charged.


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