The first step in improving your space is understanding what you have
There are several different types of space in public libraries
- Public space
- This includes open collections, seating areas, study rooms, conference room, and meeting rooms -- any space that is typically used by patrons
- Staff space
- Workrooms, staff-only collection areas, offices, staff break rooms, etc.
- These are the areas where staff and patrons typically come together or where the public is allowed only with staff present or with extra training -- service desks, meeting room kitchens, some archives or local history areas
- This includes spaces that are required for the normal operation of the building but are not specific to libraries -- like restrooms, stairs, hallways, mechanical rooms, electrical rooms, etc.