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Library for the Future

A book is a dream you hold in your hands.

Neil Gaiman

This is the quote printed at the entrance of our newly-renovated library. Many among us would agree that a school library contains enormous dreams for students to explore. However, with the advancement of information technology, printed books have lost their popularity in recent decades. To attract readers to the art of diving into the ocean of knowledge, libraries nowadays do not passively wait for visitors but actively create a welcoming environment as a learning hub.

What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.

Harold Howe

Design Thinking is the concept adapted in the preparation of the new school library, aiming to suit the needs of our current students and project the elements to be included in a future library. Prior to the renovation, we collected opinions from students and infused some of their ideas into the current design. Furthermore, we analyzed the forthcoming education trends and visited the latest public libraries and commercial bookstores to get inspiration for our library of the future.

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My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.

Peter Golkin

Comfortable seats are scattered in the library for students to read in an enjoyable environment. Areas are intentionally partitioned with sound-absorbing panels hung on the ceiling to allow reading, self-learning and collaborative learning to be carried out simultaneously in this closed area. E-learning is now mobile as you can borrow notebook computers to work individually in cubical study pods or prepare your group projects in any corner with plugs and a Wi-Fi-ready environment. There are a lot more features to be unlocked and further developed, nevertheless, it is you that define the value of the school library. Hardware setups are only platforms for students to realize their potential, your mentality drives the future of successful TTCiAns.