It’s no secret that libraries are having to get creative when it comes to bringing today’s patrons through the doors. Fortunately, the children’s section of a library is still an important part of a community. It’s there that the love of reading is learned and cultivated. But even this section needs to make the most of space in order to keep young patrons coming back for more. To make sure the children’s section of your library is the most sought after spot, here are some things to consider for library storage.
Bookshelves hold the most traditional commodities in a library: books. But they can range from picture books that parents check out for early readers to middle grade and young adult books for kids and teens. So it’s good to provide shelving that enables you to make those offerings accessible to appropriate readers.
The most common library shelving is available in heights of 42 to 90 inches. But each section of a children’s library has its own requirements.
Children’s Picture Books and Easy Readers: In order for kids to easily reach books in these section, they should be displayed in three shelves each that are no taller than 42 inches. That’s plenty of space for youngsters to peruse without asking for help.
Juvenile Fiction/Nonfiction and Young Adult: Kids moving to these sections are older and taller. Plus, the books they read and research are often at least 200 pages. So they need more capacity. With that in mind, five shelves at a height of 66 inches is ideal. That’s plenty of room for lots of books on shelves that can easily be accessed at any height with the help of a small step ladder.
Shelf Capacity and Depth
How deep a bookshelf is factors into how many books your children’s library can hold. While eight inches is a standard depth for adult volumes, the children’s section requires more.
Juvenile Nonfiction: 12 inches deep per every 13 linear feet
Juvenile Fiction: 10 inches deep per every 13 linear feet
Children’s Picture Books: 12 inches deep per every 20 linear feet
Young Adult: 10 inches deep per every 12 linear feet
Books stored on colorful shelves is quite a visual appeal to young readers. Fortunately, today’s library shelving comes in a variety of colors. It’s quite easy to incorporate any color shelf into a theme or scene.
By taking a few things into consideration, the library storage you use to showcase volumes can help make your children’s library a vital community hub.