Library Circulation Desks

Library Circulation Desks

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Five things to consider when choosing a library circulation desk


The library circulation desk serves as the focal point of your library. Because it’s typically located at or near the library entrance, it’s one of the first things that patrons see. It’s also where users receive lending services and information. Because it plays such an important role in the success of your library, it’s important to consider the needs of both your patrons and employees when choosing a circulation desk. This article explores four things to consider.


  1. Size. A circulation desk should be large enough to accommodate the number of patrons being serviced, but not so large that it overwhelms the space. In addition to considering the number of patrons using the circulation desk, be sure to consider the number of employees using it. There should be enough room for all employees to have their own space, and to comfortably do their jobs.
  2. Function. Will the circulation desk serve primarily as a place to service customers, or will employees also be doing work there? If the circulation desk also doubles as work space, be sure there are enough surfaces to suit employee needs. Circulation desks that serve several purposes often have space divider options, or comprise modular pieces of varying heights to delineate different areas.
  3. Budget. Before choosing a circulation desk, determine your budget. Fortunately, there are a good variety of high-quality circulation desks for just about any budget.
  4. Décor. Because the circulation desk is the focal point of your library, it should match your library’s décor. Today’s circulation desks come in a wide variety of materials and colors, to suit just about any library décor.


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