Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Interior Design

Degree Level



Interior Design


Sharpless, Charles

Committee Member/Reader

Matthews, Carl

Committee Member/Second Reader

Colangelo, Jessica


The role of architecture in rural public libraries is integral in their success. The use of design in these spaces acts as a catalyst for fostering community engagement and facilitating a deeper understanding of information presented through both physical and digital media. This study investigates how thoughtful architectural interventions can create context, enhance accessibility, and encourage community participation within these spaces. Rural public libraries serve as vital hubs for information dissemination, education, and community interaction, yet they often face unique challenges due to their geographical isolation and limited resources. By addressing the specific needs and challenges of rural areas, architects have the opportunity to not only enhance the functionality of these libraries but also strengthen the social fabric of the communities they serve, fostering a culture of lifelong learning, collaboration, and engagement. Through the analysis of rural public libraries, it becomes clear that in order to seamlessly integrate physical and digital media, designers must consciously recognize the evolving nature of information consumption in the digital age and design in a way that allows for flexibility in these spaces. Through the strategic placement of technology hubs, interactive displays, and flexible workspaces, architects can shape environments that cater to diverse learning styles and technological preferences, ensuring that the library remains a relevant and dynamic community resource.


Interior Design, Library Design, Rural Libraries, Rural Arkansas, Public Libraries