Rendering of proposed Pleasanton Civic Center / Library. Courtesy jerrythorne.com

Space that is flexible to users’ diverse needs, participatory to engage and inspire users’ curiosity, and user-designed to stay relevant and up-to-date are crucial components to the design of a new library, especially for it to stay relevant to our future populace (Casey & Savatinuk, 2007). These concepts have proven successful in libraries such as the Netherlands’ LocHal, Denmark’s Dokk1 and Kilden libraries, and Vancouver Public Library, among others.

This brief urges that in the subsequent planning stages of the Pleasanton Civic Center / Library Master Plan, such models and examples should be studied and strongly considered for implementation in the new library.