Hygge + Academic Libraries
Haley Mizushima, 2021 Showcase
: The Danish lifestyle trend known as “hygge” has become an international phenomenon, encouraging subscribers to don their favorite socks, light a scented candle, and cozy up with a good book. Public libraries across the country have adopted hygge-inspired design aesthetics and programming options in an effort to create a warmer and more welcoming atmosphere, with all apparent success. While academic libraries have traditionally been viewed as cerebral and serious, incorporating hygge into the academic library setting may improve the quality of the student experience by enhancing the sense of community campus-wide and by creating a sense of home that would allow students to comfortably thrive in their educational pursuits. By employing the user-centric approach of public librarianship, academic libraries will provide students with a more robust foundation for success. This director’s brief project examines how public libraries have embraces hygge to determine how hygge can be successfully implemented in an academic library setting.
Haley Mizushima: “I earned a BA in Political Theory and English Literature from UC San Diego. After I graduated, I worked as a Legislative Aide in local politics, on several political campaigns, and as a Courtroom Clerk. I love reading, traveling, and spending time with my cat and family. When I was in college, I worked part time at a local independent bookshop. I loved helping customers find their next read. I decided to go back to school to pursue a MLIS degree because, while I thought my passion was politics, I’ve learned I find greater joy surrounded by books. My interest is in academic librarianship.”