Changes in the Contemporary Public Space: Libraries

  • Joanna Jablonska
  • Romuald Tarczewski
  • Elzbieta Trocka-Leszczynska
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 600)


Contemporary library is no longer silent study hall filled with books and limited, small work-spaces, complemented by huge, closed storage rooms for almost inaccessible books. It is more of a welcoming public space, dedicated to culture and opened for all users. Designers create interesting forms, bringing people together and at the same time symbolizing knowledge and wisdom. The workspaces are ergonomic and provide people with sufficient space and friendly environment, allowing spending a whole day in the interior. This article was devoted to present findings on changes that have occurred in the contemporary public space of libraries, aiming at architecture humanization. The studies were carried out on examples, i.e.: “Harold Washington Library Center” in Chicago (USA), TU Delft Library (Nederland), Library of Faculty of Architecture of TU Delft (Nederland), Wroclaw Municipal Library “Grafit” (Poland), Library of Faculty of Architecture WrUST (Poland), “Muntpunt” library and information centre Brussels (Belgium), etc.


Libraries design Human design Open access architecture space Design of public use buildings Architecture for all 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joanna Jablonska
    • 1
  • Romuald Tarczewski
    • 1
  • Elzbieta Trocka-Leszczynska
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of ArchitectureWroclaw Univeristy of TechnologyWroclawPoland

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