Since November last year the Futurelib programme has been engaged in intensive exploration of how spaces in the University of Cambridge’s libraries are being used. Entitled ‘Protolib’ – literally prototyping libraries – the project has involved the creation and ethnographic observation of different types of library environments over a period of several months, and the collection of a huge quantity of data. Following a phase of data mapping and analysis we are now ready to share our findings, amongst them: the hierarchy of working activities; the intensity gradient; and a range of specific design suggestions for library spaces. Although these findings naturally focus on Cambridge libraries we feel sure that they will have application and value beyond this University. The project has been illuminating and occasionally surprising and has once again reinforced to us the value of user experience research methods and design thinking.

> Download the Protolib Project final report

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