In the digital era, libraries are all about the books -- and computers. Be sure to prominently display your literature collection with some attractive book displays, bookcases and library shelving. Don’t forget to include some computer tables and AV carts for a fully-furnished twenty-first century study space.
Studying in the classroom or cafeteria during breaks can be quite challenging when other students are chatting, eating and moving around. It is important to provide an alternate quiet space so that those who want to use breaks constructively have the ability to do so. School libraries with comfortable seating and appropriate work surfaces supply the ideal venue for students who are completing assignments or getting in some last minute cramming.
The furniture that will be used most often should be considered first and foremost. Library tables and chairs are used by many different people throughout the school day, so they should be comfortable and durable. We have study tables in a wide selection of shapes and finishes so you can choose the style that matches current decor and fits well in the space. Library chairs are available both with and without padding, in heights that are appropriate for children and adults.
Books aren’t the only reference materials around anymore -- or even the main ones. To furnish a modern library, you will definitely need some computer carrels or computer desks. Tables that are designed specifically to hold desktops have special features such as wire-management grommets, CPU holders and keyboard trays. These added elements make a computer-user’s experience more comfortable and productive.
Library shelving must be carefully-selected in order to ensure that it fits in the allotted space and can support heavy books. Our library bookcases are sturdy and attractive. They have high capacities and appealing finishes that will display literature prominently and respectfully. Make sure to order enough shelving for all of your books, so students, teachers and visitors can take full advantage of your book collection.
In addition to having bookshelves, other forms of shelving and display space are also worth considering. Book displays enable you to highlight a few select titles that are related to a monthly theme or upcoming events. Newspaper racks keep periodicals organized so students can stay up to date on current events. Dictionary stands keep commonly-used reference materials in a prominent place where they are easy to find when students need them.
With many books and reference materials in a lot of different places, things can get mixed up quickly. The ideal is for a library to be used as much as possible, but with frequent use comes an almost constant need to organize and reshelve books. In order to make the organization process easier for librarians and volunteers, purchase a few step stools and book carts. Stools make it easier to reach higher shelves without straining and book carts enable books to be moved around swiftly without requiring any heavy lifting.
Librarians need a work space so they can sit down and catalog books, help students check out and record returns. We have an excellent selection of circulation desks from Russwood Library Furniture. All of our models include user-friendly features that are meant to make a librarian’s job easier. They even include elements that are especially helpful in a library such as book returns with matching mobile book trucks.
Beyond the basic library setup, there are many libraries that have additional spaces for special presentations and events. If you have an auxiliary room for speakers and presentations, AV carts and AV cabinets can come in handy. They keep multimedia equipment organized and ready to go so you can host digital presentations. Projectors and projector screens are great for slideshows or film screenings. If speakers require a space for illustrative examples or key terms, you should also consider some presentation boards or whiteboards. To make sure that all of your patrons are informed about upcoming events in the library, school and larger community, furnish your study space with some prominently-placed bulletin boards.
When your study space is furnished with Hertz Furniture’s comprehensive collection of library furniture, you won’t have any trouble filling seats. Students and teachers alike will appreciate having a quiet place to reflect, work on upcoming projects and do research. Figuring out how many shelves and tables you need can be quite complicated. If you require any assistance at all in the process of choosing your ideal library furniture, contact the Hertz Design Center for free project-planning advice from the experts.