How to Set Up a School Library

| Classroom Ideas, Furniture Guides

Apr 24 2017

Preparation for designing a new library for your school can be a daunting task to say the least. Not only do you need to consider the needs of your students, but you’ll need to make sure to accommodate teachers, your school librarian and other staff members as well. To make the space as enjoyable and user-friendly as possible, follow these simple tips.

Keep the Circulation Desk Front and Center

Be sure to make your circulation desk easy to access for students. If your library is large enough to have both a circulation desk and a reference desk, make sure your students know where they are which one to go to for what types of issues.

Provide Plenty of Soft Seating

Offer students soft seating wherever possible so that they can pull up a seat wherever is most comfortable. They should be able to relax while reading, so many school libraries incorporate plush lounge seating throughout their libraries.

Equip the Computer Room with Training Tables and Chairs

For the computer lab, we recommend using training room tables and nesting chairs, which can be easily stored and transported when needed. These options are comfortable, functional and durable enough for school library purposes.

Use Heavy Duty Bookshelves and Carts

Bookshelves are quite possibly the most essential furniture pieces in your library. Because they’ll be handled daily by children and because you’ll want them to last as long as possible, invest in heavy duty shelving options. While there are laminate and wood veneer options that will do the job, we recommend metal bookcases for reliable durability and easy cleanability.

Make it Fun

Gone are the days of boring, stuffy libraries! When in a school setting, the library should be vibrant and exciting in order to help hold the interest of students and keep them engaged in reading.

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