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required. Floor construction must accommodate book stack loads. Structural bay sizes
should be reasonably compatible with shelving spacing. If needed, transform the image
of the existing structure, both inside and out, to reinforce its identification as a library.
This may require substantial facade treatment and interior finish changes to achieve the
distinctive quality and presence appropriate for a library.
Special Consideration for LRC and LES Libraries
Design of Learning Resource Center (LRC) and Library Extension Services (LES)
library facilities should reflect the same overall considerations discussed above for
general libraries, with the following exceptions and special concerns:
LES and LRC libraries may have some of the same functional areas as
general libraries except they may not include conference/meeting rooms,
activity areas, or children's areas.
In LES and LRC libraries that do not have conference/meeting rooms and
activity areas, there is greater flexibility in designing the entry areas.
Views to active interior spaces from an exterior entry court are more easily
achieved. Restrooms need not be located off the entry lobby; they may
occur anywhere adjacent to major circulation in the building.
LES and LRC libraries may be collocated in the same structure with other
community facilities serving the same area or other related mission
support facilities. These collocated facilities should be consolidated with
as much sharing of spaces and support functions as possible. However,
the library must occupy a distinct physical area of the building and remain
separately operable, as necessary.
Example Library Layout Diagrams
Due to the different conditions and unique situations for each library facility, a variety of
configurations may be utilized to layout the functional areas. The appropriate layout will
depend upon many factors such as:
New construction or renovation of existing facilities
Program definition requirements
The following facility layout diagrams provide general guidance regarding the desired
relationships between core functional areas and potential building layouts.
Modifications to these basic concepts will be required based upon the unique
requirements of individual facilities.