Rethinking the Environment and Location
Revitalizing Learning Spaces: The Experience of Upper-campus Libraries in CUHK
Leo F.H. Ma
Abstract / Video
Traditionally, academic library was perceived as a place for storing library collection in order to meet the demand for learning, teaching and research materials from the university community. Today, the role of academic library has undergone evolutionary changes. Instead of being solely a collection space, academic library is also designed to support collaborative and active learning, to facilitate the exchange of ideas, to foster the acquisition and creation of knowledge, and much more. In this paper, the author reviews two recent renovation projects of Upper-campus Libraries of CUHK, namely New Asia College Ch'ien Mu Library and United College Wu Chung Library, in order to examine the way in which the learning spaces in these two libraries have been revitalized. The renovation project of New Asia College Ch'ien Mu Library enabled the Library to undertake a spatial reorganization of the ground floor to improve student learning space as well as provide an IT rich environment that support e-learning and collaborative study. It brings together library services, technology and space design to facilitate individual, collaborative and interactive learning. After serving as a multimedia library for 18 years since 2001, the United College Wu Chung Library is now revitalized as one of the two boutique humanities-based libraries on upper-campus. The previous multimedia area on the ground floor and the Late Reading Room on the lower ground floor have been turned into a collaborative learning space with IT rich facilities. This has improved and increased student learning space to support e-learning and collaborative study.