Maximizing Learning Spaces, Or How to MacGyver Your Library


Project Manager: Christian Theyer
State Library Project Monitor: Lena Pham
SCLC Deputy Executive Director: Wayne Walker


The Maximizing Learning Spaces 2019–20 project is a collaboration between the California State Library and the Southern California Library Cooperative to help public libraries evaluate, reimagine, and furnish underutilized library spaces to maximize their potential for reading, literacy, and learning.

There are two distinct funding opportunities this year and libraries may apply for both:

  • Funding Opportunity for Design: Up to $10,000 to develop a design and plan that re-imagines a space
  • Funding Opportunity for Furnishings: Up to $10,000 for new, movable furnishings to realize an existing plan for a space

This project was inspired by community aspirations raised at the 2016 Public Library Directors’ Forum and by OCLC’s Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project.

2019/20 Participant Application Information

2018/19 Participating Libraries

2017/18 Participating Libraries

This project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.