Adapting K-12 Libraries to Social Distancing Guidelines

Adapting K-12 Libraries to Social Distancing Guidelines

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Our K-12 library analysis considers furniture layouts, high-touch areas, traffic flow, and space utilization. These analyses enable customized guidance for students’ safe return to school libraries, including:

  • Space utilization and touch point analysis to provide custom-tailored recommendations
  • Establishing circulation patterns to minimize exposure time between individuals
  • One-way aisles between book stacks
  • Plexiglass barriers at the circulation desk
  • Monitored self-checkout of books and library materials
  • Seating analysis and redesign to ensure social distancing
  • Increased ventilation
  • Space utilization and touch point analysis
  • Dimensioned drawings for use by school staff to aid in the setup of new furniture arrangements

K-12 library analysis is just one component of our multifaceted COVID-19 Response Services.  Other shared spaces we analyze and provide recommendations for include classrooms, laboratories, and cafeterias. For more information on how Hastings+Chivetta can assist to understand, analyze, and implement modifications of your K-12 facilities to maintain a healthy and safe environment, please contact Erik Kocher at ekocher@hcarchitects.com.