What Libraries Can Learn from Bookstores: Applying Bookstore Design to Public Libraries

Here’s an article (Librarians Yellow Pages) from Chris Rippel, Central Kansas Library System, Great Bend, Kansas on how libraries can apply what bookstores have learned to draw in customers. The place should feel, sound, look and even smell appealing. Suggestions on how to do it are abundant, but not all necessarily practical, for example, how do you make a library smell like …

Cinnamon, coffee, apples – homecooking, warm, family, cozy or

Orange – healthy and bright

Lemon – fresh, clean

Wood – general country hardware store

…and not like mold or mildew?