Getting lost in the stacks of a library can be a dream come true for many: until you're actually lost. For scholars or general patrons, the joy of wandering a library can quickly loose its appeal when it becomes hard to find the information they seek. That's why a folding map in pocket size can be a great tool for visiting library patrons, especially at big university libraries. Here's what your map can look like for.
1. Diagram the floors of the library: A schematic of your entire library and its floors can help people navigate to the right areas of the library. Each floor or section of the library tends to be unique: from the large collection of maps on the 2nd floor, to the restricted archives in the basement, map readers will appreciate a map that can point them to their areas of interest.
2. Describe the Stacks: Many library maps list the call numbers that can be found on each floor. But for many visitors, call numbers are not descriptive enough to help them find books in their interests. Instead, consider also listing the subjects that fall under those numbers--that will help encourage visitors to feel comfortable exploring the stacks.
3. Provide a supplemental map for separate floors: Instead of trying to generate a map for a huge library, consider making a map of one library building or department by floor. For example, the Belk Library maps out the floor plans separately, versus creating a huge, chaotic map of the entire library. This is a great idea for large libraries that would not be able to provide enough information on one large map.
A big part of getting people interested in libraries and books is to make it accessible. A pocket sized map can be a great way to make libraries visually appealing and comfortable for all patrons. To learn more about how maps can help you, contact us.
October 01st, 2015
by Mark Minoff