Library Furniture Tag

BCI Shelving Chosen for Higher Education – College of DuPage

Posted by Tracy Lenok in Installations, News

BCI Shelving System at the College of DuPage


During a two phase upgrade, BCI was chosen to provide new shelving for the library at the College of DuPage located in Glen Ellyn, IL.  As the resources at the library were expanding, new more efficient shelving was needed to accommodate this growth.  BCI Shelving was the solution.

Click here to read more on the College of DuPage Library Renovations

BCI Dealer:  LFI, Inc.

Products:  Opal Shelving with CD/DVD Storage, Opal Shelving for New Books, Graphic Novels, Paperbacks, Audio Books 

For more information on redesigning your library, please contact us today – we can make your vision a reality!

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23 Jan 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Cedar Rapids Public Library Elects BCI Shelving for Rebuild

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

 BCI Shelving Systems at the Newly Built Cedar Rapids Public Library

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Cedar Rapids

After the disastrous flood of 2008, the Cedar Rapids Public Library was completely destroyed.  Five years later, the new modern Cedar Rapids Public Library opened its doors.

BCI’s 60/30 Radius Steel Shelving was chosen for the rebuild of the new library.

Location:  Cedar Rapids, IA

BCI Dealer:  LFI, Inc.

Architect:  OPN Architects

For information on BCI’s modern public library products and more, contact us today – specialists are standing by to answer all your questions.

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22 Jan 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Edmonton Public Library Chooses BCI Modern Library Furniture

Posted by Tracy Lenok in Installations, News

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Exciting updates at the Jasper Place Branch of the Edmonton Public Library!

The Edmonton Public Library chose BCI Modern Library Furniture to update their Jasper Place Branch to better serve the needs of the community.

Project:     Edmonton Public Library – Jasper Place Branch

Location:  Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Products:   BCI Opal Shelving SystemBCI Opac Search Station with CPU CompartmentBCI Ordrup Magazine Display, Zign Lighting for Ordrup Magazine Display,  Inform Desk, Slimline Wood & Steel Shelving

BCI Dealer:  Allwest Furnishings

For BCI Modern Library Furniture product information, please contact us

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19 Jan 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Edmonton Public Library Selects BCI Modern Library Furnishings

Posted by Tracy Lenok in Installations, News

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Amazing upgrades are complete at the Edmonton Public Library Highlands Branch!  

BCI Modern Library Furnishings were selected for the upgrades.


As the demand for a more modern public library increases, Edmonton Public Library steps up to make the Highlands Branch more user friendly.  

Project:     Edmonton Public Library – Highlands Branch

Location:  Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Products:   BCI Opal Shelving System, BCI Opac Search Station with CPU Compartment, BCI Softline Magnum Bean Bag, BCI Ordrup Magazine Display

BCI Dealer:  Allwest Furnishings

For product information, please contact us

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16 Jan 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Creating Effective Learning Environments

Posted by Dawn Dugan in News

Five things to consider when creating learning environments


When it comes to learning efficiency, one of the most important things to think about is learning environment. This article explores five things for a library to consider when creating an effective learning environment.


  1. Proximity to learning resources. Library study areas should be set up and spaced so that there are study areas next to all learning resources. In addition to placing study areas near bookshelves, study areas should also be placed in areas with other resources, such as computers.
  2. Lighting. Good lighting is key to good learning. Libraries with good learning environments feature a mix of natural and artificial lighting. Poor lighting is the leading cause of fatigues and headaches in library users, and can interrupt learning. Study areas should be placed where they can be reached by natural light, but should also have access to overhead and table lamps. Today’s bookshelves also feature lighting to make finding resources easier.
  3. Sound. While libraries are known or being places that demand quiet, the fact is that not all learners find quiet environments the best learning environments. Study areas should be designed so that learners can choose to study in total silence, or in areas with low to moderate noise levels.
  4. Flexibility. Today’s learners don’t always learn alone. Instead, group collaboration is very important. To that end, flexibility is key. In addition to having study areas designed for the solo library-goer, it’s also important to set up library furniture so that it promotes group interaction and learning. Moveable, flexible furniture ensures that library patrons can set up areas that work best for them.
  5. Comfort.  Library furniture should promote comfort, while also correctly supporting the body. Fortunately, there is a wide range of ergonomic furniture to choose from designed specifically for the library.


Comfort is key in an effective learning environment. To learn more about library furniture and how it can be used to create positive learning environments, visit BCI Libraries.


15 Aug 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Seven Library Trends for Teens and Children

Posted by Dawn Dugan in News

Publisher’s Weekly recently asked experts in children’s and teen library services about library trends, and published their findings in a blog. Here are the seven library trends they identified.


  1. Common Core. While there is much criticism about Common Core and the way it dictates what must be read, public libraries are embracing it. According to experts, Common Core boosts the use of research materials, as well as the focus on quality non-fiction.
  2.  Library Spaces. Modern libraries want to update their spaces to enable children to better use digital media. According to experts, facilitation of digital media is necessary for libraries to stay relevant.
  3. Connected Learning. Interest-based, peer-to-peer learning creates opportunity for kids to learn outside of the classroom, and enables kids, families, and communities to explore areas of interest.
  4. Technology for Teens. More and more libraries are embracing touch-screen technology and app content, in an effort to engage kids who may not have access to these things.
  5. Integrating Technology and Younger Children. While many libraries have focused on bringing technology to teens, more libraries are seeing the benefit of bringing technology to its younger users. In larger libraries, iPads are mounted securely in picture book areas, giving some young children their first experience with touch-screen technology.
  6. Early literacy. Today’s libraries are investing in early literacy programs, so that young children are armed with the skills they need before they start learning to read.
  7. Advocacy. One of today’s biggest trends is getting the word out about how valuable the library is to kids, their families, and the community. Librarians are focused on finding unique, interesting ways to promote their programs and services.


To learn more about Publisher’s Weekly’s conversation with library experts, go here. To learn more about library furniture and how it can support these library trends, visit BCI Libraries.

15 Jun 2014 no comments / READ MORE

The Public Library Evolves

Posted by Dawn Dugan in News

Public library changes driving furniture choice


Like yesterday’s libraries, today’s public libraries are primarily tasked with providing access to information. But unlike yesterday’s libraries, today’s libraries serve a much wider purpose. In addition to being a place of reading and learning, today’s public libraries also serve as community centers – places where people can meet, collaborate, learn, and even socialize.


As the public library evolves, so too does its furniture needs. In addition to traditional library furniture such as shelving, bookcases, desks, and study carrels, public libraries must consider the following furniture:


• Soft seating. Comfortable chairs and couches enable users to read, meet, socialize, and collaborate. Soft seating comes in many different styles and colors, to complement your library’s décor. Soft seating is typically used in community spaces and common areas, and can often be rearranged to accommodate different sized groups.


• Classroom furniture. As today’s library doubles as a community learning center, more libraries are incorporating teaching classrooms into their designs. Desks, podiums, tables, and chairs are commonly used in these situations.


• Children’s furniture. One of the goals of today’s library is to engage users of all ages. Furniture designed specifically for children, and designed to enhance their experience, is available in a wide variety of styles and colors.


• Café furniture. Many of today’s libraries include a place to eat, drink, relax, and socialize. Library cafes are typically furnished with small café tables chairs, intimately arranged soft seating, and booths.


• Furniture designed to support technology. Furniture designed to completely integrate technology include laptop-equipped study cubicles and carrels, and tables, chairs, and desks designed to facilitate computer use.


For more information on furnishing your public library, visit BCI Libraries.

07 May 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Flexible Library Spaces

Posted by Dawn Dugan in News

Flexible library spaces are key to future planning


As library patrons demand more from their libraries, space needs change. Libraries are no longer simple book warehouses. Today, they serve as technology hubs, community centers, and learning spaces. As the needs of the library patron change, it’s important that modern libraries keep pace with these needs.


But how does one keep pace with such rapidly changing needs, with minimal time and without breaking the bank? The key is to develop flexible library spaces that work now, but that will also work in the future without time-consuming, expensive renovations.


Consider Collaboration


Today’s libraries double as community centers where people come together to learn, trade ideas, and create. Instead of static furniture that allows just a few configurations, furnish your library with moveable furniture that can be arranged in several different ways – for the classroom, for group study, or for meetings. Flexible furniture ensures that one room can serve the needs of many, with just a little rearrangement.


Renovation On Wheels


Many library furniture manufacturers offer bookshelves on wheels as well as modular bookshelves that can be configured in several different ways. This enables you to move your bookshelves, minimize them, enlarge them, or otherwise change them to suit the room’s needs. Easily moved, flexible furniture enables you to change the entire look, feel, and purpose of a room, without the cost of major renovations.


Double-Duty Furniture


Library furniture makers know that keeping pace with change is key, and so they’ve designed furniture that does double duty. Book and magazine holders that double as computer desks, comfortable chairs that double as listening pods, and computer stations that can be adjusted to suit the users specific needs are all ways that library furniture makers are helping libraries become the quick-change artists that their patrons are asking them to be.


For more information on designing and planning flexible library spaces, visit BCI Libraries.


24 Mar 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Library Design for Children and Adolescents

Posted by Dawn Dugan in News

Four tips for designing libraries that are attractive to the younger crowd


Many of today’s modern libraries consider the needs of children and adolescents during the library design phase. What separates those that are successful, from those that are not? This article shares four tips for designing library spaces that young people love.


Tip #1: Gather opinions. In order to ensure that children and teens truly enjoy the space you design, you have to get a feel for what they want. To the extent that you can, involve them in the library design process.  Build a focus group or ask local children and teens to serve on a planning committee, and find out what features young users desire, and what they would like the space to look like.


Tip #2: Determine the function of your library space. In addition to housing books, what other purposes will it serve? Today’s modern libraries include features such as cafes, study rooms, listening and viewing areas, art exhibits, and even dance floors designed specifically for children and teens.


Tip #3: Choose materials. Keeping the aesthetics of your main space in mind, and considering the needs and desires of your younger library patrons, determine what kinds of materials you’ll use to build your children’s and young adults areas.


Tip #4: Figure out what types of furniture will best suit your needs. You’ll want furniture that suits every feature, from reading areas to cafes, from group gathering places to study areas. When choosing furniture during the library design process, remember that it should be sturdy, aesthetically pleasing to young people, comfortable, and sized and ergonomically designed with younger, smaller bodies in mind.


When you follow these four tips, you’ll be more likely to design a library space that younger patrons appreciate and use. For more inspiration on library design, visit BCI Libraries.

26 Feb 2014 no comments / READ MORE

BCI Library Circulation and Reference Desks for Modern Library Design

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Concertina Desk Presentation

BCI Eurobib encourages architecture firms, interior designers, public library directors and children

26 May 2011 no comments / READ MORE

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