School Library or Learning Common

What is the difference?

Libraries are no longer being used only as places to store and distribute books, nor do they serve as places only for studying. With changes in technology, libraries have been forced to change their ways of operating. 21st century school libraries must adapt by becoming People-Centric, instead of being Book-Centric. They need to become community resources for thinking, collaborating, creating, and sharing.

Leave your mark by re-designing the school library!


Understanding is the first phase of the design thinking process. During this phase, sixth grade students will immerse themselves in learning. They will talk to students, staff, experts in the field, and conduct research. The goal is to develop background knowledge through these experiences. They will use their developing understandings as a springboard as they begin to address design challenges.


The challenge is to redesign the Goshen Center School Library to become a 21st century space. We must re-think how our school library should, or could function as technology advances and our notion of study, reading, research, and creating changes accordingly.

QUESTION 1: What does a school library look like when it is designed around this idea of “People-Centric” instead of “Book-Centric”?

Resources: View the videos to gather evidence to support your opinion. Consider the source/creator of the videos for any bias.

Record your findings on:

Flexible Learning Spaces
21st century learning environments
Center for Classroom Innovation - Barrow 2.0
A day in a VEF Flexible Furniture classroom
The sandbox 21st Century Classroom 2.0 Learning Lab
libraries past - libraries future
21st Century Libraries