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the public services area for adults. Provide convenience outlets for electronic
equipment and locally controlled lighting on dimmer switches. Provide window
coverings capable of providing dark conditions during the day for events requiring low
Children's Activity Areas
Activities in the children's areas are generally noisy, so design areas for learning
activities to minimize the impact on the public services areas and the children's
reading/study areas. Activity areas may be incorporated with the story alcoves, as
required by space limitations, as dual service areas during different activity periods.
Provide soft, indoor flooring and utilize equipment and toys developmentally appropriate
for children. Provide a storage closet or cabinet large enough to accommodate
miscellaneous activity area items.
Include a storage closet near the children's area for toys, puppeteer stages, displays,
materials, and equipment. For renovation projects where closet space may not be
available, provide bins for toy storage and smaller equipment when not in use.
Requirements for administration areas are the same for all types and sizes of libraries,
only the size requirements will vary depending upon the overall size requirements of the
entire facility. If possible, design administration areas with visibility to the outdoors
and/or interior of the library.
Primary Design Considerations
Locate administration areas contiguous to each other for efficient operations. The
circulation desk should be visible from the technical services work room and library
director's office for coverage of the desk during times of limited staffing. Finish floors
with carpeting or resilient flooring, except provide tile or vinyl flooring in the break room
and staff restrooms.