The existing library at Roland Park, an independent all girls’ school was “re-imagined” into a flexible learning commons, suitable for today’s students while preserving the basic mission of the library: to provide a center, both physical and virtual, for students to explore a variety of resource and reading options.
The renovation involved only small revisions to the “bricks and mortar,” but rather focused on investing in new flexible furniture and technology in addition to limited physical improvements. A large portion of the existing volumes were purged thereby reducing the amount of space dedicated to book storage. Spaces were created to improve research skills, to work collaboratively, and to study individually. The result is a fully transformed space, turning their dated, quiet old library into a dynamic, media-rich, Learning Commons. The entire transformation was accomplished over the summer so as to minimize disruption to the school year.