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dispensers or blowers conveniently located near the sinks. Provide sanitary napkin
dispensers and disposal units inside the female restrooms. Utilize graffiti-proof toilet
stall partitions that are still attractive and compliment the interior designs of each
restroom. Provide air fresheners and deodorizing systems for toilets and urinals.
Locate public water fountains near the restrooms. Include full height and wheelchair
accessible water fountains according to ADAAG requirements.
Loading and Receiving Docks
Provide a covered loading area and double wide exterior doors. Asphalt or concrete
access drives to the loading dock must be a minimum of 3650 mm (12 feet) wide for
access by large trucks. Consider the requirements for Federal Express, UPS, and large
furniture deliveries. Provide easy access to dumpsters or outside trash containers.
Provide a doorbell or buzzer at the loading dock entrance door that can be heard in the
administration and technical services areas.
Storage areas are vital to librarians for multiple reasons including:
Monthly in processing and out processing of lease materials
Storage of supplies, which are usually bought at the end of year in bulk
New books, which are often bought in bulk at the end of the year
Items going to the Defense Resources Management Office (DRMO)
Seasonal displays and decorations
Supplies, copier paper, and crafts for story time all require adequate
Provide storage closets, where possible, to maximize the utilization of available space.
Provide lockable doors on all storage closets. Locate an open storage area near the
loading dock for items being shipped or received. Verify storage requirements with the
library director at each facility, since special storage requirements may be required.
Locate the janitor closets near the restrooms. Provide a floor mounted mop sink, dry
storage for supplies, shelves for maintenance supplies, and a sloped floor with a floor
drain. Provide shelves and hooks for cleaning and maintenance equipment storage. All
surfaces must have water-resistant finishes. Include enough room for a mobile cleaning
Utilize mechanical rooms, as required, for HVAC, plumbing, electrical, hot water,
telephone, fire suppression, and other building systems equipment. Locate mechanical
rooms so that they have entry and service doors located on the outside of the building
only, to minimize noise and service disruptions. Provide sound proofing, where