A school library is a place for learning and exploration. As such, selecting the right furniture for the space is essential to the library’s success. Take a look at our recommendations for what types of furniture to add to your school's library.
Circulation and reference desks are the centerpieces of the library. These large desks indicate where students can go for help finding reading materials and checking out books. Make sure you select heavy-duty library desks that can withstand high traffic use. Choose a circulation desk option that was truly made for circulation purposes and includes at least one book drop to make re-shelving materials easier for librarians and circulation staff.
Activity tables should be added around open areas of the library so students have a place to sit and study with their notebooks open. Activity tables come in a wide assortment of sizes, shapes, and styles, so shop carefully to determine what will best fit your space and your students' needs.
Library chairs come in several different styles. First, you'll need some basic guest seating alongside your activity tables. You may also decide to incorporate lounge seating in certain areas of your library. Lounge chairs with tablet arms provide a comfortable place for students to sit and study while offering a small writing space for taking notes or holding a beverage.
Bookcases are, of course, an essential part of any library. For a high-traffic area such as a school, we recommend metal bookshelves that can easily withstand daily use for many years. How many bookshelves you need will greatly depend on the size of your school population and the size of the library itself.
Library storage includes lockable cabinets, mobile book carts, AV equipment carts, and more. The number of storage units you'll need will greatly depend on the size of your student population and technology needs. You'll also want to consider your staff’s comfort and equip them with storage that will make them more efficient.
Study carrels are small desks with partitions around 3 of the sides. Study carrels are an ideal addition to school libraries because they provide a private space for students to take tests and work on homework assignments without worrying about wandering classmates' eyes.
Announcement boards are often added to the walls around school libraries so teachers and students can post notes and announcements for the general student population to see. The library is an ideal spot for posting announcements.
Crowd control isn't needed in every school library, but you may want to consider it for a university library or a library in a large school.