U.S. Courts Design Guide
The lighting in the library must be switch-controlled, direct fluorescent units. Indirect
fluorescent units are allowed in areas with computer screens and microform readers. A
master switch must be provided at the library staff entrance.
Study spaces must be provided task lighting. Lights must be placed over aisles in
stack areas. The rare book/court archives room must have special lighting, depending
upon room use and sensitivity of the stored materials. In all areas where reading
occurs, care must be taken to avoid glare from lighting sources.
See Table 8.4 for specific lighting criteria.
Normal, duplex, convenience outlets must be provided throughout the library.
Dedicated power outlets must be provided wherever computers and other sensitive
electronic equipment are used. All study spaces must have access to outlets.
A paging system is desirable in larger libraries. The system's microphone and controls
must be located at the circulation/reference desk; speakers must be located throughout
public areas of the library.
All staff offices and work areas must be provided a telephone outlet. In addition, all
enclosed private study areas and CALR stations must be equipped with telephone
outlets. Outlets used only by staff and court personnel must have intercom capability.