Space Criteria: A Guide to the Guides
(3) Reference Area
(a) Description. The reference area includes user seat-
ing and storage space for reference material. Reference
materials are non-circulating and primarily used in the
immediate area. The reference librarian, located in the
reference area, answers research and reference ques-
tions and assists patrons in finding and using library
materials throughout the public service area.
(b) Space Allocation. See Table 7 - 59.
(c) Relationships. The reference area should be near
the control area so that control desk personnel can occa-
sionally assist patrons. The card catalog area should be
adjacent and visible from the reference librarian's desk.
Periodicals, microfiche and the non-fiction section of the
book stacks should be nearby.
(4) Periodicals Area
(a) Description. The periodicals area is used by brows-
should be an attractive, comfortable, lounge-like space.
(b) Space Allocation. See Table 7 - 60.
(c) Relationships. The periodicals area should be near
the reference area and easily accessible to the reference
librarian. It should be visible and directly accessible from
the lobby and other activity spaces, and may even func-
tion jointly as a reading lounge with the social/recreation
Table 7 - 60 Space Allocation for Periodicals Area
Size (Gross SF) based on Military Strength