An Introduction to Architectural Design: Libraries by Guey Partners

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Design the entrance and circulation areas to orient customers to the library and its functional areas. Utilize only one main public entrance/exit with security equipment to the library facilities for supervision and access control. All other customer exits from the facility should be alarmed emergency egress doors to make the security system effective. Provide floors that are easily cleaned and moisture resistant. Consider the requirements for displays and exhibits in the public areas. Consider a design statement that reflects the local culture.

Consider locations near the library entrance and the circulation desk for conference rooms. Locate activity rooms near restrooms and coat storage closets. A conference/meeting room’s length should not be more than twice its width. The minimum ceiling height should be 2700 mm (9 feet) for rooms with occupancy for 50 or less, and 3000 mm (10 feet) for occupancies greater than 50. Provide signs featuring the library floor plan to help direct customers. 2 Figure: Support Functional Relationships Public © J.

If proximity to high levels of noise is unavoidable acoustical measures are necessary. Maximum acceptable noise levels depend upon which area of the library is subjected to the noise and whether the sound is continuous or intermittent. 2 Interior Noise. Modulate interior noise generated within a room or space. In addition to standard commercial construction, two other requirements are necessary to ensure sound control within the library. The use of carpet throughout the majority of the library areas will help to minimize interior noise.

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