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should also be readily accessible from the main entrance to the base. Where possible,
locate base libraries within walking distance of base operations, housing areas,
shopping, and recreational facilities. Consider desirable natural site features, such as
trees, vegetation, wetlands or existing water, potential water retention areas, and
terrain. Existing natural site features may be incorporated into required site elements
like antiterrorism/force protection (AT/FP) setback distances or vehicle barriers that may
help to blend the facility into the natural setting of the site.
The minimum level site area required is two or three times the gross area of the
building. More area may be needed if the site has any special features, such as
irregular contours, existing specimen trees, or rock outcroppings to be preserved.
Assure the selected site will accommodate an adequate number of parking spaces
convenient to library entrance and the AT/FP setback requirements provided in UFC 4-
010-01, DOD Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings
. A preliminary site design
should be prepared to ensure the basic building and site criteria can be accommodated.
Site size should provide for future expansion, if practical.
Locate the building on the site to provide the most convenient access and to take
advantage of desirable views and natural site features. Examples may include
providing protection from undesirable winds and glare; shading the building, especially
glazed areas, from excessive sun in warm climates; and exposing the reading terrace to
sun in cold climates. Outdoor reading terraces are recommended in most climatic
regions. Local base personnel should consider if such outdoor spaces would be used.
Locate book and A/V collection boxes either in front of the library near the street or next
to a vehicular drop-off loop with convenient sidewalk access for library staff.