Re-evaluating Existing Library Spaces and Furnishings on a Budget

April 19, 2017

Libraries that cannot afford to expand or have buildings that are landlocked are faced with multiple obstacles when it comes to improving library services and creating the types of spaces customers are demanding.

During this webinar, you’ll learn how to take an objective look at your library to reimagine your spaces. Interior designer Stephanie Shook will demonstrate methods for evaluating your existing building and furniture conditions, gathering objective input and creating a new experience and fresh environment for your customers, all in a budget-friendly way.

You’ll learn:

  1. How to assemble your “tool kit” and evaluate your existing library building on a budget (especially if you are landlocked and don’t have room to build an addition)
  2. How to gather staff and community input objectively and how to translate that input into prioritized facility improvements that have the most impact
  3. How to reconfigure existing library spaces and furniture and create a welcoming and comfortable environment for learning, entertainment and social gathering
  4. How to evaluate your furniture for replacement or retrofitting/updating


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Stephanie Shook, LEED AP BD+C, Interior Designer

Stephanie Shook, LEED AP BD+C, Interior Designer

Interior Designer at HBM Architects

Stephanie has been with HBM Architects since 2006. Overall, she has more than 20 years of experience in developing interiors for public spaces. With a focus on public and academic libraries, she leads the development and growth of the firm’s interior design department.

Stephanie translates her clients' needs and vision into an exciting, beautiful and highly functional library space that fits the unique context of each community. Her experience includes library programming, planning, design, finish selection, furniture selection, custom cabinetry design and detailing as well as interiors package coordination, construction administration, installation and project management.

With a strong emphasis on sustainability and integration of LEED ideas and components, HBM’s designs include multi-faceted solutions spanning many styles from historic to contemporary and have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, Association of Licensed Architects, Urban Libraries Council, Library Journal Magazine and American Libraries Magazine for excellence in design.


Liz Bowie

Liz Bowie

Marketing Content Manager at Demco, Inc.
Liz is the Marketing Content Manager for Demco. Her background includes editorial management and product development of innovative and time-saving tools for schools and libraries, with an emphasis on Common Core, literacy and math. The products she and her team have developed, including classroom games, learning centers and professional development resources, have garnered 46 industry awards for excellence in education. Liz is passionate about promoting literacy through her work and the work of others. If you are interested in sharing your ideas and programming tips on Demco’s Ideas and Inspiration blog or have ideas for topics you’d like to see covered, contact Liz at