June 18, 2018

Creating the Future: How a historic Library System used design to establish a new way forward for all libraries

Presented by: AGATI Furniture, JR Keller Creative Partnerships & Library Journal
Event Date & Time: Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT

Every now and again, a library project comes along that, when it ends, feels like we have accomplished something truly spectacular. The Free Library of Philadelphia’s 21st Century Libraries Initiative created an opportunity to not only bring spaces into the present, but also create public library furniture and interiors that provide a new framework for the future of all libraries. Learn more about the “Living Room” concept and how it creates a warm, inviting space that has helped bring the community back to the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Agati’s Director of Design, Joe S. Agati, worked closely with the FLP Library System and Jim Keller, an architect specializing in Library Design, to create the perfect contemporary library spaces for patrons across Philadelphia. Find out how Jim and Joe created a space to accommodate all work patterns, learned from patron surveys, and integrated digital preparedness that addresses the uncertainty of future technology changes.


  • Joe S. Agati, Director of Design, AGATI Furniture
  • James Keller, Principal, J R Keller, LLC.


  • Rebecca Jozwiak, Library Journal

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