Library Consultations

Drawing on extensive experience in the design, refurbishment and reinvigoration of libraries, Kevin Hennah can provide big-picture planning advice, detailed recommendations for refurbishment or simply an injection of fresh ideas to makeover your library on a limited budget.

Depending on needs, a typical consultation might explore:

  • Innovative visual merchandising strategies for print
  • Layout and management of traffic flow
  • Techniques to maximise productivity of space
  • Detailed and specific advice on shelving
  • Innovative seating solutions
  • Creation of independent and collaborative workspaces
  • Inspiration on interior décor
  • Library specific signage solutions
  • Weeding
  • Contemporary display and marketing strategies
  • Suggestions for suppliers who may maximise impact within budget
  • How to avoid creating a contemporary veneer around traditional and often outdated ideas in the design process.

Social Distancing/Remote Consultation: After discussing your needs and objectives, Kevin simply requires photographs and/or floor plan, to generate detailed recommendations. His written report is  reinforced with photographs to demonstrate ideas visually and followed  up with an online meeting to discuss recommendations and implementation in detail. Time requirements and fees are based on individual needs.

Half Day Onsite Consultation: (3.5 hours) Sufficient to explore a specific need such as seating, décor, signage or a mini-makeover

Full Day Onsite Consultation: (9.00am – 3.30pm) A full day is recommended for new libraries, those renovating, planning new shelving, a new layout or a full makeover. A full day generally allows time to prepare summary notes (most libraries prefer this option)

What to Expect: Each consult starts with a discussion about what you wish to achieve. Following this, Kevin will tour the library and generate specific recommendations. He then shows photographs to demonstrate ideas visually. The second half of a full day meeting is generally used to plan detail, document recommendations and create and an action plan to hand over at the end of the day.

Time requirements for larger-scale projects can be discussed on a needs basis.

Within Australia: With regular interstate trips scheduled, Kevin is able to offer a fee structure that is inclusive of all travel-related expenses. Contact Kevin for information on when he will next be in your region, or to coordinate a date  that meets your needs.

Outside Australia: Kevin travels regularly to The USA, The UAE, Europe and Asia. Where possible, linking projects together to reduces travel costs. Contact him direct to discuss your needs, dates and fee structure.

Fee Structure & Bookings: Contact Kevin to confirm fees, availability and to make bookings.

“A real professional, with design genius and actual real-world experience both in libraries AND retail. Inspiring!”
Suji DeHart. QSI Shekou. Shenzhen. CHINA

“Mr Hennah has the rare perspective that combines design theory, marketing strategy and a working knowledge of libraries”
Gina Schaarschmidt. Academy School District #20. Colorado. USA

“Kevin was informative and inspiring, This is spot-on what I needed to hear as we are about to design three new library spaces”
Paige Spilles. The American International School of Muscat. OMAN

“What a great breath of fresh air. An experienced professional who can explain in everyday language where libraries can improve and be relevant to their communities”
Michelle Head. Albury City Libraries. NSW. AUSTRALIA

“Felt I was given a way to push my library into the 21st Century”
Maria Bryant. Warilla High School. NSW. AUSTRALIA

“Very clear, practical solutions backed up with rationale pertinent to an educational setting and mindful of the challenges that we encounter”
Kate Vaughan. British School Jakarta. INDONESIA