1 May 2006
Design the work room for changing work patterns. In larger facilities, consider the
designs that include a set of interrelated subspaces. Work rooms often require
expansion, so sizing them generously at the design stage will minimize this need.
Locate adjacent to the break room and restrooms for easy access to sinks for washing
hands and cleaning. Provide convenience electrical outlets above counters and on
walls just above the floor. Provide electrical outlets that are flush with the floor covering
to accommodate different furniture layouts. Provide telephone and data connection to
each potential work area and accommodate the potential for future requirements.
Provide centrally located printers, scanners, and a copier.
Provide a dedicated space for large trash cans, recycling containers, a paper shredder,
and a water cooler. Provide a tack board for posting notices, announcements, and
required installation specific emergency procedures. Provide a utility sink with hot/cold
water, soap dispenser, cabinet storage space, towel dispenser, and task lighting over
the counter if restrooms are not located close by. Consider the need for a white board
to display and communicate staff action items or issues. Consider the need for a closet
for storage of staff personal items or provide shelves, coat racks, and other similar
Locate adjacent to the work room and other administrative areas. Provide shelving that
is a minimum of 300 mm (12 inches) deep, where possible, and a lockable door. The
minimum width of storage rooms is 900 mm (3 feet), not including the depth of shelves.
Include storage accommodations for library furnishings, boxes, seasonal items, easels,
stands, book carts, posters, promotional materials, crafts, multiple shelving components
that range in size from 900 x 250 mm (36 x 10 inches) to 2100 x 600 mm (84 x 24
inches), and activity materials for children.
Core areas that support the overall facility include the vestibule/airlock at the entrance,
lobby, and circulation areas throughout the facility. Support areas, like
conference/meeting rooms, coffee cafes, restrooms, and water fountains, may need to
be located outside the access control point of the library for public access during times
when the library is closed. Conference/meeting rooms may be utilized for meetings,
seminars, lectures, story hours and other children's programs, A/V presentations, films,
music, temporary exhibitions, receptions, adult study, and other similar functions. Not
all events conducted in these rooms will be related to library activities. Staff only
support areas include the loading dock, storage, and mechanical rooms.
Primary Design Considerations
Design the entrance and circulation areas to orient customers to the library and its
functional areas. Utilize only one main public entrance/exit with security equipment to
the library facilities for supervision and access control. All other customer exits from the
facility should be alarmed emergency egress doors to make the security system
effective. Provide floors that are easily cleaned and moisture resistant. Consider the
requirements for displays and exhibits in the public areas. Consider a design statement