Learning objectives, innovation, design, creativity, Library space, instruction


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the efforts to set up a creativity, innovation, and design (CID) studio within an academic library. This paper will describe the reasons for creating a CID studio, assessment of the pilot study, and next steps.

Design/methodology/approach – The assessment used surveys, interviews, focus groups and observations of students and faculty to determine how well the CID fits into the library.

Findings – Initial findings indicate that the CID studio is a good fit within the library space as learning activities in it support collaboration, discovery, and integration of library services. However, noise issues, equipment needs, and expansion of space are key future needs.

Research limitations/implications – As libraries move from simple repositories of information to places of learning and collaboration, a CID studio space provides an opportunity to integrate learning opportunities with library services.

Originality/value – Through the first iteration, the CID has a unique and purposeful place within an academic library. It provides the opportunity for greater integration of library services. However, future iterations need to address key issues of space, equipment, and noise.

Original Publication Citation

Holt Zaugg, Melissa C. Warr, (2018) "Integrating a creativity, innovation, and design studio within an academic library", Library Management, Vol. 39 Issue: 3/4, pp.172-187,

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Emerald Publishing Limited




Harold B. Lee Library

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor