The Diagram Below Shows the Floor Plan of a Public Library

Lilie King
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July 13, 2023

The diagram below shows the floor plan of a public library 20 years ago and how it looks now.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

This essay question is from IELTS 18 Test 3 Writing Task 1.

the diagram below shows the floor plan of a public library

Sample Essay

🔻 Better not use compass terms like east and west since there is no compass on the maps.

The diagram illustrates the transformation of a public library’s floor plan over the course of two decades. 

Overall, the library has undergone significant changes to create a more child-friendly environment and incorporate modern technology. 

Upon entering, the central area, previously occupied by seating, now functions as an open passage. To the left of the entrance, the former reading room for newspapers and magazines has been replaced by a dedicated computer room. On the right side, a café has taken the place of the previous enquiry desk.

Continuing past the café, the section that once housed adult non-fiction books has been changed into an information desk area with self-service machines. To the left of this area, the space that used to contain adult fiction books now accommodates all reference books. The adult fiction collection has been relocated, sharing space with the information desk area.

Walking up to the end of the passage, on the left is a spacious room allocated for children’s fiction books and storytelling events, accompanied by sofas. This particular space was previously a small storage area for CDs, movies, and computer games. On the right side, a lecture room has replaced the former location of children’s books. (199 Words)

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Walkway/Pathway/Passage

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Verbs for Introducing Features

  • House/Contain/Accommodate (Example – The space that used to house/contain adult fiction books now accommodates all reference books.)
  • Allocate/Designate (Example – A spacious area has been allocated/designated for children’s fiction books and storytelling events.)

Words for Describing Old Features

  • Former (Example – A lecture room has replaced the former location of children’s books.)
  • Previous (Example – A lecture room has replaced the previous location of children’s books.)
  • Previously (Example – Walking up to the end of the pathway, on the right is a lecture room which was previously the location of children’s books.)

Verbs for Describing Changes

  • Replace (Example – A café has replaced the previous enquiry desk.)
  • Take the place of (Example – A café has taken the place of the previous enquiry desk.)
  • Reimagine (Example – The central area has been reimagined as an open walkway. Here, “reimagined” means “recreated”.)

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  1. The diagram depicts the ground plan of a public library as of now, which has been there for the last 20 years.
    The overall size of the public library remained unchanged, but new space areas for various uses were added. However, the inside area has been developed to add more items to make it more convenient for their readers.
    The room located on the left side of the entrance was the reading room, which includes newspapers and magazines. It had been converted into a computer room with the change of its’ entrance door. After decreasing the size of previous adult fiction books, the area was changed to all reference books. The same left-side upper corner room, which had been used to keep CDs, video games, and computer games, is replaced with a children’s fiction room, which includes two sofas and is being used for storytelling events.
    The right side from the entrance contained two rooms for the inquiry desk and children’s books, which were changed into cafes and lecture rooms accordingly. There are newly added information desks and self-service machines in the center of the right side. The tables and chairs had been removed from the new structure.

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