As usual, came down to the school early to read. As usual, once I get here I just want to lay on something and sleep. Maybe even loudly. That tells me that the space here is somehow wrong. But the space is always wrong for me, I’m never quite comfortable in these public spaces.
Most chairs are no good, and most tables don’t provide any kind of conceptual isolation from the rest of the wide, open space. It feels like sitting in a marketplace or something, rather than a study area. The University of Utah library post-expansion was must better in this regard than the NSSR library or the Regenstein at Chicago.
A good library is a space that contains lots of books, feels like home, but also keeps you awake long enough to actually get something read. I’m just sayin’.