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BOOKMOBILE DESIGN FOR

HOMELESS & LOW-INCOME

CALGARIANS

 

Home

 

Introduction to
Bookmobiles

 

Community Profile

 

Standards & Formulas

 

Layout & Design

 

Conclusion

 

Bibliography


Appendix A:
Shelving Capacity

 

Appendix B:
Floorplan Design

 

Reflective Paper

 

This paper explores the unique standards and considerations associated with planning and designing mobile libraries. To illustrate these standards, a theoretical situation was developed wherein Calgary Public Library administrators decide to design and create a bookmobile for use by homeless and low-income individuals and families residing in the city.

 

The design standards and formulas applied within this paper relate specifically to retrofitting a 12.5m (40’) low-floor transit bus based on the New Flyer DE40LF model. While this makes the dimensional calculations discussed quite specific, the general standards and formulas used for collections and staffing can be easily applied to other bookmobile design projects.

 

This project was originally prepared for LIS 587: Facilities Planning for Libraries and Information Studies during the Fall 2007 semester at the School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta. This website has been created to fulfill the requirements of LIS 600: Capping Exercise.

 

 

Created by Amelia Martin

Last updated: March 17, 2008

School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta