Chapter 8: Central Court Libraries
Doors and Frames
Use American Woodworking Institute (AWI) custom-grade, hardwood veneer
solid core doors.
Door frames are either solid hardwood jambs, door stops, and casings or
hollow metal, as dictated by the design or existing building decor condition.
Use suspended acoustical tile and/or gypsum wall board finishes, as dictated
by the design or existing building decor.
Provide other ceiling elements, such as soffits, perimeter coves, recesses, and
reveals, as required to integrate heating, ventilating, and air conditioning
(HVAC) and lighting into a harmonious design.
Use 38-ounce (1.07 kg) face-weight, synthetic (nylon or equal), commercial-
grade carpet (direct glue-down method) or 38-ounce (1.07 kg) face-weight
carpet tiles (18 inch by 18 inch or 450 mm by 450 mm).
Circulation/Reference Areas. The circulation/reference desk must be stand-up
height, at least 20 feet (6100 mm) long for a central library and at least 12 feet (3700
mm) long for a satellite library. The counter must allow flexibility to accommodate
new technologies including: computers, modems, and printers; on-line computerized
library catalog (OCLC) terminals; public-access CD-ROM stations; printers; and a
facsimile machine. A bookdrop with space for a book truck and compressible shelf
must be provided. A card catalog unit and/or computerized catalog for patrons must
be provided near the reference desk.
Periodical Area. Periodical shelving units, newspaper racks, and magazine displays
must be arranged with lounge chairs and side tables.
Computer Assisted Legal Research. Each CALR workstation must accommodate a
computer, modem, and printer. The court-supplied workstation may be L-shaped or
U-shaped, and accommodate a swivel chair with recessed arms. Workstations must be
grouped in an enclosed space, and separated by acoustical panels.