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beside a local area network (LAN) room for servers, wiring, backups, homepage
administration, virtual out processing, and report generation. Computers available for
patron use are the primary components of the information services areas. If the library
is to be collocated with the BEC, consider the need for a computer lab that may be
Dedicated children's areas are needed at most facilities to serve the dependent
population. The children's areas should be visible for the protection of children and the
staff. These areas feature computer workstations, toys developmentally appropriate for
children, special reading collections, A/V materials and listening stations, and areas for
group activities, such as storytelling or reading programs.
Administration areas include offices for the library director, assistant library director, and
information technology administrator, server room, staff break room, staff restrooms,
staff circulation areas, and sufficient storage for library materials. Administrative
activities also include work functions associated with general clerical office activities,
customer service, materials ordering and processing, library operations planning and
direction, and supervision of the facility and personnel.
Technical Services Areas
Technical services include areas for acquisitions, cataloging, receiving, processing,
holds, reserves, weeding areas, supply storage, and a sink with running water for repair
of library materials. The technical services area requires a large work room for
conducting these activities and significant storage space for a wide variety of collection
materials and equipment.
Support areas include public and staff only areas. Public areas include book drops for
customer convenience, restrooms, payphones, exhibits, conference/meeting rooms,
coffee cafes, and similar customer use areas. Staff only areas include "back of house"
loading dock and receiving, maintenance, mechanical, and storage areas.
SITE EVALUATION AND LOCATION
Library facilities should be convenient and located near the center of base activities yet
in relatively quiet and uncongested areas. Consider locating them near the health and
wellness center, family discovery center, dormitories, housing, and shopping areas
where possible. Avoid noisy locations, such as those near busy intersections and
arterials, airfields, and industrial facilities. Library Extension Services (LES) and
Learning Resource Centers (LRC) should be central to their respective service areas.
Libraries may be included as parts of composite facilities with other community or
mission related functions or should be close to base educational facilities.
Consider the potential for sharing some functional areas with the Base Education
Center utilizing consolidated structures, if possible. Centralized information resources
would provide one stop shopping on any subject. However, libraries must function
separately, with only support spaces or information services shared. These facilities