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State and Cooperative Purchasing Contracts

Procuring library and school furnishings can be a complicated and costly process–from vetting vendors to receiving bids to coordinating delivery and installation, and so on. The bidding process itself can be time-consuming and expensive, often creating a “race to the bottom” in terms of product quality because you end up bidding solely on price.  The …

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How to Choose the Right Shelving for Your Library

Your ultimate goal in library design is to create a beneficial and inviting experience for visitors. Every detail matters, all the way down to the shelving you choose. It’s a constant balancing act between aesthetics and function, between maximizing the space and making it easy for users to find what they’re looking for. Let’s look …

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Circulation Desk Design: Important Factors to Consider

The circulation desk is the heart of the library. It’s where patrons come not only to check out books and return materials, but also to ask for help when they need it. In many cases, it’s also the first thing patrons see when they walk through the door–in other words, it’s your first impression! Suffice …

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The Importance of Play in Children’s Spaces (and How Library Furniture Can Encourage It)

We all know that encouraging children to read is a key part of their learning experience–but it’s not the only factor. PLAY is also an essential part of a child’s growth and development. For that reason, well-designed children’s library spaces aren’t just set up like a “children’s section” of a bookstore–they’re also designed to encourage …

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Adding Mobility to Library Design

These days, the demand for more flexibility in public spaces has never been greater. Not only do we want to maximize the use of space, but we want the freedom to reimagine and adapt spaces to our ever-changing needs. Nowhere is this truer than in modern library spaces, which are increasingly required to provide more …

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Steel Shelving vs. Wood Shelving in Libraries – Pros and Cons

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right type of shelving for your library–ranging from durability to aesthetics to space constraints. The most common choice is between steel shelving and wood shelving. They both serve specific purposes in the library, but they also both have their pros and cons–so it’s important to weigh …

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Practical Ways to Create More ‘Quiet Spaces’ in Your Library

Most people assume libraries are naturally quiet places, but with the increase in collaborative study and the popularity of gathering among the books, that’s no longer the case with many libraries. Even when speaking in hushed tones, the more people converse in a library’s gathering spaces and group tables, the louder the overall noise floor …

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Advantages of Displaying Books Face-Out — and How to Do More of It in Your Library

Libraries today face an interesting dilemma: finding the balance between offering as many books as possible and enticing more readers to pick them up and borrow them. Traditionally, libraries have displayed the vast majority of their books with their spines facing out on the shelves. Not only does this technique save space, but it also …

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