LIBRARY FURNITURE IN PHYSICAL PLANNING OF LIBRARY IN LIBRARY MANAGEMENT
Just as a library building is a specialised structure with specific functions, the furniture for a library has to be custom designed for each function. The needs of furniture and equipment of individual departments and sections should be given careful consideration so that the users and the staff experience ease, comfort, convenience and efficiency in their work. Generally library furniture is of two types-wooden and metal. Now-a-days plastic furniture is also increasingly in evidence. Then again furniture could either be (a) stock-standard (steel) furniture and equipment made by several manufacturers (see list below); or (b) custom-built or made to order in accordance with the specifications provided by the library. It is advisable to visit some libraries equipped with standard and elegant furniture and fittings before taking a decision.
List of suppliers of stock-standard library furniture:
Some important steps in furnishing library are:
- Determine what the furnishing should accomplish for the particular library involved
- Consider what is available in the market or what can be obtained to fulfill the requirements determined
- Make the selections and purchases based on
the primary building use
the age of the users
the amount of use expected
the kinds of material to be stored, organised and displayed
the number of staff members
future changes anticipated, etc.
b)Function considerations like
what use will be made of the item
who want to use it how it will be used i.e.,
how long the item will be used at any one time
i) how often it will be 'used
ii) whether user may change in the future
iii) Maintenance required
iv) Appearance, etc.
4. Seek input from staff
5. Visit recently constructed facilities
6. Conveying the requirement
7. Vendor evaluation, price comparison & visit to factory
8. Providing specifications and drawings
9. Comparison of offers Checking of sample
Some specifications for furniture items like table, chair and rack are given below:
Table: Seating economy v/s privacy
Size, 2" X 3" v/s 4" X 6"
Bullnose edge or wood/ vinyl round edge
Chair: Overall height: 26"
Knee height: 17"
• reading hall
• meeting hall
• office (staff)