Empowering through space? : post-occupancy evaluation of redesigned library spaces (Part 2)

A great deal of time and effort is put into the planning and design of library spaces, but how do we know we have got it right? How do we know if students want to use the space, if it meets their needs, and are they are using it in the way we envisaged? To confirm whether the choices made through the design and development process are choices that support our high-level aspirations, evaluation is an essential part of the redevelopment process. In particular, are the spaces being used for the purposes they were designed for? Do the spaces support the interactions and informal learning behaviours we anticipated?