(5) Children's Area
(a) Description. The children's collection contains sep-
arate stacks, tables, lounge seating, and a card catalog.
Libraries with a large children's collection may contain a
semi-independent children's area with its own control
area, toilets, and children's librarian, who assists, super-
vises, and conducts special activities, such as story hour,
slides, and movies.
(b) Space Allocation. See Table 7 - 61.
(c) Relationships. The children's area should be visible
from the main control desk, if there is no assigned chil-
dren's librarian. A storage area for AV equipment and
chairs should be nearby. Acoustic separation from other
library areas is recommended.
(6) Stack Area
(a) Description. The stack area houses fiction and non-
fiction books, boxed periodicals, and bound newspapers,
in double-faced shelving. Stack areas are open to
(b) Space Allocation. See Table 7 - 58.
(c) Relationships. The public card catalog and refer-
ence area should be adjacent. Technical services
should be nearby. Stack areas should be close to read-
ing and study areas. Generally the fiction stacks should
be near lounge furniture and the non-fiction stacks near
tables and carrels.
Table 7 - 61 Space Allocation for Children's Area
Size (Gross SF) based on Military Strength
Shelving and Card
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