An Introduction to Architectural Design: Libraries by Guey Partners

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Provide domestic hot and cold water, sanitary and storm drainage, plus propane or natural gas systems (if required), in accordance with design requirements established in International Building Code (IBC), local requirements, and additional technical. Provide hot and cold water to all restrooms, sinks, janitor’s closets, and coffee cafés. Hot water temperature shall not exceed 40 degrees C (105 degrees F) at the outlet. Provide floor drains in restrooms and janitor’s closets. Provide shut-off valves at all fixtures.

Furniture, decorations, toys, and displays may also be used to reinforce the themed environment of the children’s areas. © J. 1 Primary Design Considerations. Children’s areas should be segregated from the other areas of the library and acoustically isolated. Provide a separate, enclosable room and/or locate children’s areas away from sensitive areas, such as public services. Design considerations should focus on general collections stacks, reading areas, group activities areas, browsing, A/V collections and viewing stations, and computer terminals.

Activities conducted in the technical services areas © J. Paul Guyer 2010 58 include operational library functions, such as acquisitions, cataloging, receiving, and processing of collection items. These activities are usually collocated inside a large work room along with storage areas, supplies, and equipment. 7. 1 Primary Design Considerations Locate the technical services areas near the administrative areas for efficient operations. Include ample storage areas for carts with books and A/V materials.

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