Library Rooms and Buildings

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American library association, 1902 - Library architecture - 24 pages
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Page 12 - The interior arrangement should be planned before the exterior is considered. "Plans should provide for future growth and development. "A library should be carefully planned for economical administration. "Public rooms should be planned for complete supervision by the fewest possible attendants.
Page 12 - No shelf should be placed so high as to be out of reach of a person of medium height standing on the floor. ^ "Flights of stairs should be straight and not circular. "Communication by telephone or speaking tube should be arranged between the working rooms.
Page 12 - No convenience of arrangement should be sacrificed for architectural effect. "There should be no such decoration of reading rooms or working rooms as will attract sight-seers to disturb readers and attendants. "There should be good natural light in all parts of the building. Windows should extend to the ceiling, to light the upper portions of every room. In a book room or stack, windows should be opposite the aisles.
Page 3 - IN starting a small library, a separate building is not necessary. A single room will often answer all purposes at first, especially for a neighborhood library whose users all know each other, and where books are mainly taken out for home use, and are not read on the premises. If there is any choice as to location, a cheerful and attractive room should be selected, near the business centre of the district to be served. Very little furniture is required for a start. Any kind of desk for records, one...
Page 3 - Is any choice as to location, a cheerful and attractive room should be selected, n..ir the business centre of the district to be served. Very little furniture is required for a start. Any kind of desk for records, one or two plain tables for magazines and newspapers, a few common chairs, lamps for evening use, and such simple shelving as any carpenter can construct, are all that will be needed.
Page 5 - ... other for consultation of reference books, and reading of periodicals, for which silence is desirable. Three rooms will allow further division, one for the circulating department (book-room), one for reference and quiet reading, one for periodicals or for children. When two or three rooms are used, they should if possible be opened together by broad doorways or glass partitions, so that a single attendant, seated near the junction of two rooms, or in the central room of three, may have complete...
Page 5 - ... or in the central room of three, may have complete oversight of the farthest corners, and be within reach of readers who want to ask questions. Three rooms are as many as one attendant can watch and serve effectively. . . . When a library outgrows three rooms, It ought to have a building all...
Page 9 - ... fixed income, for new books and for administration. A plain building, well stocked with books and with income enough for good service and plentiful additions of current literature, is far more satisfactory to its users than a triumph of art with insufficient service and no new books. A library in an active community will never have income enough for the work progressive administration requires, and therefore especial prudence and foresight are required in making plans which will influence its...
Page 9 - 02. ALA "An essential canon in planning a library Is economy. Unless a liberal benefactor wishes to put large outlay upon a memorial building, and is willing also to provide an ample Income for Us support, the larger and costlier a building is...
Page 5 - In circulation, and the reading of newspapers. —which entail bustle and noise; t!ie other for consultation of reference books, and reading of periodicals, for which silence Is desirable. Three rooms will allow further division, one for the circulating department (book-room), one for reference and quiet reading, one for periodicals or for children. When two or three rooms are...

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