Unfortunately comfort, aesthetics, and inspiration are factors that stimulate learning.
Doug suggests other ways to show respect for facility users include providing indirect lighting; varying elevations in ceiling heights; including real windows and skylights to provide natural light; the use of warmth-creating wood and fabric surfaces; and the provision of comfortable work/study/reading areas that are relatively easy to change the configuration of. Also the inclusion of places to display student work and interesting pieces of art on either a permanent or rotating basic make the learning space visually appealing.
Further related references on school libraries:
The following presentation includes extracts from:The School Library: A 21 Century Classroom? presented by Dr Carol Gordon at Armidale in 2009.
- Imagining the Future of the School Library (with Rolf Erikson and Christian Long), DesignShare, November, 2006.
- Importance of Bricks, Head for the Edge, Library Media Connection, September 2006