[Library Media] Shelving Questions

Fawn Morgan FMORGAN at dsdmail.net
Wed May 8 10:16:43 MDT 2013

My experience is that no matter how many hours you put in to joint planning with the architect, contractor, sub-contractor, your chances of getting what you need are slim. Usually, though, it is fairly close - whatever is easier for them to build, though. How much you can pressure for "exactly right" will depend on so many things beyond your control. ALA published Designing the School Library Media Center for the Future by Erikson and Markuson that was very helpful in designing a rebuild so I am recommending it to the general group. It states:

A. Shelving section width: 3 feet (Mine met this requirement only because it was so normal for the industry.)

B. Shelving depths: 10" standard, 12" Reference and picture books, 15" Multimedia (Most of mine ended up 11.5" - apparently an approximate average!)

C. Shelving heights: 42-48" with 3 shelves, 60-66" w 4-5 shelves, 72-78" w 6 shelves, 84-9- w 7 shelves (Mine ended up being 48" with 3 shelves for fiction, non-fiction, multi-media; and 80" with 5 shelves mounted to a wall for reference. The reference were not adjustable so individual shelves were extra tall and deep - oh, well, at least they are super sturdy.)

All my shelves other than reference are adjustable but the total height makes the individual shelves too deep and too high, just enough so that candy wrappers and junk can easily be stuffed behind the books making for disgusting surprises later on. Individual oversized shelves are 13" deep and 20" high, enough room to display a book open. Very few books in that section.

Fawn B. Morgan, Teacher Librarian, Lancer Library, Layton High School 801-402-4996   http://tinyurl.com/lancerlibrary      Follow us on Facebook

" Libraries are the Petri dish of intellect and the information stored there provides the agar of learning." --Sara Roos, City Watch

From: library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org [library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] on behalf of Jeanna Grover [jgrover at sanjuanschools.org]
Sent: Tuesday, May 07, 2013 1:35 PM
To: library-media at lists.uen.org
Subject: [Library Media] Shelving Questions

We are running into quite a controversy over how to build the new shelves for our “new” library.  Before the fire, we had fully adjustable shelving, with six shelves in the non-fiction and seven shelves per cabinet to hold the fiction books.

I know you are all crazy busy, and answering these questions would take some time, but I would really appreciate the following input from any and all of you (and especially from those with newer libraries):

1 - What is your cabinet height and shelf height in your fiction section?

2 – What is your cabinet height and shelf height in your non fiction section?

3 – What is your cabinet height and shelf height in your reference section?

4 - Do you have a section specifically for the oversized books that do not fit on your shelves?  If so, how many books are in that section?

5 – Are ALL of your shelves fully adjustable?

Thank you so much!!!!!!!
Jeanna Grover
San Juan High

jgrover at sanjuanschools.org<mailto:jgrover at sanjuanschools.org>

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