1 May 2006
PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING
The content of Chapter 2 provides guidelines and information needed for planning and
programming Air Force (AF) library facilities. Library development planning and the
programming of facility space and other requirements may be different for every project
depending upon the unique factors regarding each facility. Unique local requirements
concerning building programs, design criteria, and technical systems should consider
Existing library facilities on base and their adequacies and
inadequacies relative to current and future needs.
The potential for retention and renovation of existing facilities or need
for additions or complete new construction projects.
The current and projected user population to be served by the
Specific population categories with potentially different library needs
(such as spouses, children, or retirees).
The requirements document defines the program for design of an individual project,
including functional requirements, design criteria, and cost information. This includes
the space programming guidance found in this chapter, plus the site design, building
design, and building systems concepts located in Chapter 3, General Design
Guidelines. In addition, any unique, local requirements concerning building programs,
design criteria, and technical systems should be included in the requirements
SPACE ALLOCATION CRITERIA
The recommended set of functional areas and spaces for different sizes of general
library facilities are shown in Section 2-2.1 Table: General Library Space Allowances.
This table provides example space size programs for representative facilities in each of
three library program size categories. These are not definitive space programs, but
guides to approximate space sizes recommended for the given size facility. For facility
sizes not included in this table, proportionally adjust the program figures shown for the
nearest larger or smaller sized facilities. In developing the space program for an
individual facility, consider the issues of overall building design and relationships
discussed in this document.
Each base may also determine that different or additional requirements are relevant to
its local program. These considerations may affect the functional areas and spaces
included in the program and their relative sizes. Consolidation of libraries into shared
facilities with Base Education Centers (BEC) or other functions may also affect required