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Photos: Library Renovation Gives Students Control

Pierre and Marie Curie University library

Summary

The Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) based in central Paris is the largest scientific and medical complex in the country. When leaders decided to reorganize its five university libraries into one, it brought in experts to make sure they could achieve their goals to create a coworking space fostering collaboration without losing the deep-focus spaces expected in a library setting. These two factors needed to work together in harmony all while supporting the increasing use of technology for research and project development.

Before the renovation, the space functioned, but it wasn’t a desired destination for students. Together, the Steelcase Education design team along with the university decided to offer students a variety of workspaces. Educators wanted students to have places for group meetings, training, individual work and areas to simply rest and rejuvenate. These spaces needed to be productive as well as inspirational by providing a way to book rooms, easily reach technology and produce creative group work.

As you can see in the photos taken after the renovation, the UPMC library is now a vibrant coworking space promoting success by offering students choice and control over how and where they work.

Pierre and Marie Curie University library

A variety of spaces gives students choice and control over where and how they work. (Photo courtesy: Alexis Narodtezky)

Pierre and Marie Curie University library

The smart integration of technology gives students the tools they need for success at their fingertips. (Photo courtesy: Alexis Narodtezky)

Pierre and Marie Curie University library

Built-in access to power allows for beautiful design and high performance. (Photo courtesy: Alexis Narodtezky)

Pierre and Marie Curie University library

Vibrant colors and tactile materials create inspiring spaces. (Photo courtesy: Alexis Narodtezky)

Pierre and Marie Curie University library

Spaces built to boost productivity can also be designed to boost comfort. (Photo courtesy: Alexis Narodtezky)

Pierre and Marie Curie University library

Easy access to power prevents technology from becoming an obstacle during a marathon study session. (Photo courtesy: Alexis Narodtezky)

Pierre and Marie Curie University library

Chairs built to move and designed with storage underneath allow students to stow away study materials and use the entire room for collaborative work. (Photo courtesy: Alexis Narodtezky)

Pierre and Marie Curie University library

Fully enclosed and partially enclosed spaces give students the choice and control they need to do their best work. (Photo courtesy: Alexis Narodtezky)

Pierre and Marie Curie University library


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For more information on next-generation learning, read A Revised Lesson Plan for Student Success.

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