1 May 2006
PURPOSE AND SCOPE
Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 4-740-20, Libraries was developed by the Libraries
evaluating, planning, programming, and designing Air Force (AF) general libraries.
Guidance is provided for the development of library facilities appropriate for each
individual base and its local program operations and requirements. Information
contained in this UFC located on the HQ AFSVA website and may be viewed on-line or
downloaded for printing and off-line viewing. An Executive Summary of this UFC may
also be obtained at the HQ AFSVA website and contains an overview of the detailed
content presented in this document.
This UFC provides guidance for development of library facilities appropriate to support
the local program operations for individual AF installations and the AFSVA Golden
architects/engineers (A/E), designers, base civil engineers (BCE), library directors,
Major Command (MAJCOM) and headquarters review personnel, and others involved in
the development and approval of library construction projects. It is intended to help all
participants better understand Air Force library requirements, programs, and design
criteria so they can effectively participate in the project development process.
Information provided by this UFC applies to the design of all new construction projects
including additions, alterations, and renovation projects in the continental United States
(CONUS) and overseas. It provides criteria for determining program requirements, site
evaluation and planning, overall facility design, and design of outdoor and indoor
spaces. This document is not intended to provide all of the information needed to
identify project requirements or successfully prepare project designs. It is to be used in
conjunction with Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force specific documents, as
required. Additional information on the unique program and design requirements of
local projects must be obtained at the installation level.
This UFC is organized to provide the data and criteria needed at each stage of the
project development process. It also applies to the procurement of design/build
services for the above noted projects. Alteration and renovation projects should update
existing facilities to meet the guidance and criteria within budgetary constraints. This
UFC is not intended as a substitution during design for thorough review by individual
program managers and operations staff.
DISTRIBUTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES
Air Force activities and A/E designers using the UFC are advised there are three levels
of responsibility in the development of facility design. First, there is the local installation
that identifies the need for a new, modernized, or enlarged general library facility and
initiates the project development process. Second, the MAJCOM is responsible for