Library Furniture

Library Furniture
What furniture do you need in a school library? You will definitely need some library tables and coordinating chairs to furnish a school library. You can transform your school library into a hub of learning with Hertz Furniture's quality library furniture.

Of course, libraries are all about books - and we offer library shelving, bookcases and book carts in a range of sizes and styles. Computer stations and carrels provide comfortable research areas. With everything from preschool reading corners to circulation desks, you'll find all you need for your school library at Hertz Furniture.

What do you need in a modern library?

You need a lot more in a contemporary library than they used to. Today's libraries are complicated things. In addition to all the traditional library furniture, any library – no matter how large or small – has to meet the needs of the digital age. So the list of library "must haves" is considerably longer than it was in the days of card catalogs and the Dewey decimal system.

One library furniture item that hasn't changed is the obvious one – bookcases. No matter how computerized things have become, books are not (yet) obsolete and libraries still need lots of space for them. Double-faced library bookcases are one great way to pack a lot of books into less space. If these are too pricey, then single-faced units can be assembled back-to-back for the same effect. Special literature racks and periodical displays keep magazines and soft-cover books intact and easy to find.

Where should the librarian work?

Most librarians work behind a circulation desk. These can be super-simple or highly elaborate, from one computer station with a small desk to a sprawling, circular setup. The important thing is that it should be functional, and that it should be large enough to accommodate however many librarians you have. Don't forget to have at least one book return. Those can be hard to manage without.

Once the books are squared away, people need a place to sit and actually read them. That's where library chairs and tables come in. While the classic wood library chair never goes out of style, upholstered chairs can add comfort as well as a touch of color. Library tables come in a huge range of shapes, colors, sizes and configurations. Mixing and matching between tables and chairs not only adds depth and texture to your library, it also ensures that you get the most out of your floor plan.

What should I have in my childrens library?

You should get some inviting children's library furniture. This includes big book displays, reading terraces, bean bags, and a whole array of small tables and chairs. Let your imagination go with this; the kids who visit will be more likely to feel good about reading if their library is a fun place to be. Keep it bright and cheerful. Manufacturers like Children's Factory, Wood Designs, Brand New World and Gressco offer a whole range of options that will enhance your school library. Into color-coordination? Check out the Educational Edge line of matching bookcases, tables and chairs.

Where can I find study carrels?

Study carrels can be found in many different styles, but for the modern library, computer carrels are a must-have. No school or public library can compete today if they're not optimized for computer use. At the very least, you'll need enough computer access stations for your patrons to be able to look up the books they need without waiting forever on line. Computer carrels enable students and researchers to sit for prolonged periods of time for study and Internet research. At Hertz Furniture, we offer a large selection of library computer solutions, from the standard to the fully customized.

How can I make my school library better?

You can make your school library better by looking at additional library furniture that, while not mandatory, does make things easier and more convenient. Book carts let you transport books easily from the circulation desk to wherever they belong. Some of them are so attractive, they actually add to your library's décor. Newspaper racks and pamphlet holders let you take advantage of open areas and wall space. And, last but not least, don't forget step-stools so that patrons can access high-shelves without making a special request. For stools that visitors will literally get a kick out of, check out the Kik-Stool series.

Hertz Furniture's professional Design Center and financing experts enable us to be there for you every step of the way, from planning your library all the way through to the finishing touches. Whether you're furnishing a new library, renovating an old one or just looking to upgrade, we at Hertz Furniture are committed to making sure that you get exactly what you need, at a price you'll be happy with.



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Being eco friendly isn't just a passing fad, it's a better way of life. With over 2,500 environmentally friendly furniture models to choose from at Hertz Furniture, you can go green without compromising on comfort, quality or style. Just look for the Certified Green symbol and you'll know you are getting a healthier product that will promote a sustainable existence.

From office furniture to classroom furniture and everything in between, don't hesitate to fill your space with eco friendly models. With such a great selection, you can stay true to your values and still decorate your space according to your own personal preferences.

So what exactly is eco friendly furniture? If you see a school desk or office chair with a Greenguard or MAS Certified Green symbol next to it, you can be sure that it has been tested and found to have low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions. VOCs are the main cause of indoor air pollution- which is just as unhealthy and undesirable as it sounds. If you want to have a healthy work environment for your students and employees, certified green is the way to go.

What are the benefits of green and eco-friendly classrooms?

In addition to giving students a healthier classroom environment, studies show the profound influence eco-friendly classrooms have on learning. According to research from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, learning spaces with high air quality and natural lighting conditions can boost productivity. Furthermore, sustainable facilities can improve student performance by up to 20%.

It's not hard to be green at school or in the office when you have so many models to choose from. Green building and sustainability are only becoming more and more important. Because we are more aware than ever of the impact pollution can have on our planet, there has been a big push for product manufacturers to address the impact of their products on the environment. This is definitely a good thing that we should be happy about. It also means there are no excuses for an office not taking advantage of all the green options. With so many passionate environmentalists out there, don't be surprised if the right eco friendly office furniture starts earning you some new clients.

Even people who are passionate about taking care of the environment might not have time to research all kinds of materials and products. An environmentalist also doesn't have to be someone who has studied the field in an academic setting. A person can care about health and sustainability without understanding anything about chemical compounds used in manufacturing. For everyone out there who cares, Certified Green products can be trusted. Experts who know everything about chemical emissions and sustainability have checked these products thoroughly, and if they give their certification, you know you can count on it.

There are many different green certifications out there, but a lot of them are looking for similar things. If you are worried about VOCs, MAS Certified Green products have passed extensive emissions testing performed by experts in the field. The tests are in compliance with industry standards. Products with the SCS stamp of approval are part of sustainable solutions. SCS is determined to safeguard our environment, support workers and communities and raise the standard of living for all.

Eco friendly companies that are selling furniture still need to be concerned about the buyer's needs in terms of comfort and style. Luckily, there are certifications that combine ratings for comfortable and eco friendly office furniture. The CHPS symbol recognizes products that are comfortable, healthy, energy-efficient and safe.Schools should definitely look for this certification on products they are considering because high indoor air quality and good daylight keep students healthy and happy so they can learn better. With the right designs, distractions are reduced so students can see and hear properly.

Office and school furniture that is ANSI BIFMA certified is recognized for comfort, safety, sustainability and durability. BIFMA guidelines help eco friendly furniture stores promote good environmental equilibrium, health and well-being. With a standard that tests durability, you can be sure that your school chairs or office desks will be around for a long time. The longer your office chair lasts and maintains a professional appearance, the less materials you will have to waste by replacing it.

When you are looking for some new bookcases or computer chairs, make sure to go green. When you buy from environmentally friendly companies, you invest in the future of your company or school. Make the eco friendly choice to start working toward a better tomorrow today. If you need help outfitting your space with affordable eco friendly furniture, contact the experts in the Hertz Design Center for personalized green solutions.