Designing a New Children's Space for the Fort St John Public Library

by Lesley Kok


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Introduction

Community Survey

Library Requirements & Justifications for Planning Decisions

Conclusion

Appendix A

Appendix B

Capping Paper


Appendix B: Shelving Calculations and Space Allocation

*Children’s area of the library should take up between 20-40% of the libraries total assignable space

*Children’s collection should be 1/3 of total collection.

Find out total assignable space times it by 0.3 (30 %) to find out area of children’s section:

  • 2032.38-525.48 = 1506.9 total assignable space

  • 1506.9*0.3 = 452.07 m2

  • 452.07 m2 for children’s section of the total library

Find out total number of books in the collection and 1/3 of that should be kids books:

  • 98,000 * 0.33 = 32,340 children’s books

  • 12% of total library collection are children’s picture books
  • 21% of total library collection are children’s books
  • Children’s reference = 100 books
  • 98,000*0.12 = 11,760 picture books
  • 98,000*0.21 = 20,580 children’s books
  • 100 reference books

(33% less because 1/3 is always circulating and you only have to account for the books you will house. This number also takes into consideration growth…)

  • Children’s picture books
  • 11,760 * 0.33 = 3880.8
  • 11,769 – 3880.8 = 7888.2
  • 7888.2 Children’s picture books that need to have shelves
  • Children’s fiction and non-fiction
  • 20,580 * 0.33 = 6791.4
  • 20,580 – 6791.4 = 13788.6
  • 13788.6 Children’s books that need to have shelves

100 children’s reference books that need shelves
8 books per linear foot of shelving: 100/ 8 = 13 linear feet of shelving required. Reference book shelving is 42” high, with 3 shelves. Each shelf is 3 feet long. This means a double-sided bookcase will hold 18 linear feet of books (3 feet x 6 shelves). 13 linear feet/ 18 feet per bookcase = 1 double-sided bookcase required.
Shelving size for double-sided bookcase: 24” deep x 36” long.

Total space required:
24” = 0.61 metres. 36” = 0.91 metres.
Area of one shelf: 0.61 x 0.91 = 0.56 m2 x 1 shelf
= 0.56 m2

7888.2 Children’s picture books that need to have shelves
20 books per linear foot of shelving: 7888/ 20 = 394 linear feet of shelving required.
Picture book shelving is 42” high, with 3 shelves. Each shelf is 3 feet long. This means
a double-sided bookcase will hold 18 linear feet of books (3 feet x 6 shelves).
394 linear feet/ 18 feet per bookcase = 22 double sided bookcases required.
Shelving size for double-sided bookcase: 24” deep x 36” long

Total space required:
24” = 0.61 meters. 36” = 0.91 meters.
Area of 22 shelves: 0.61 x 0.91 = 0.56 m2 x 22 shelves
= 12.32 m2

13788.6 Children’s books that need to have shelves
13 books per linear foot of shelving: 13789/13 = 1061 linear feet of shelving required.
Children’s book shelving is 60” high with 4 shelves. Each shelf is 3 feet long. This means a
double-sided bookcase will hold 24 linear feet of books (3 feet x 8 shelves).
1061 linear feet/ 24 linear feet per bookcase = 44 double sided bookcases are required.
Shelving size for double sided bookcase: 20” deep x 36” long Total space required:
20” = 0.51 meters. 36” = 0.91 meters.
Area of 22 shelves: 0.51 x 0.91 = 0.46 m2 x 44 shelves
= 20.24 m2

Children’s seating = 5000 children @ 5 seats per 1000 patrons = 25 seats
25 seats * 2.79 m²/seat = 69.75 m² for seating in children’s section


Last updated: March 15 2008
Contact: lkok@ ualberta . ca

Disclaimer:  
Some of this project was fictional due to the lack of information on actual size of the building and collection. However the demographics of the city are real.