Coming Soon: Toronto Public Library Study Pods Take Page From Science Fiction
As part of its five-year, $34-million revitalization, the library will open five futuristic study pods on the second floor [of the Toronto Reference Library] in the next two weeks. Ten more of the tubular glass pods will be installed over the coming months.
“We wanted to create something a little more private and less distracting,” said Linda Mackenzie, the Toronto Public Library’s director of research and reference libraries, sitting at a light brown open work table, a holdover from the library’s original late-1970s design.
Mackenzie said the 5-square-metre pods, which resemble pneumatic tubes, fit snugly into the library’s floor design.
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