Libraries face three competing space challenges: Room for the continually expanding collection, an effective workplace for library staff, and study space and seating for users. Computer workstations with sufficient room to accommodate assistance from librarians is essential. Electronic information kiosks, normally located at entrances, require space that may not be part of the facility’s original design. Other needs, such as rooms for group study and collaboration as well as seminars also stake a claim on the floor plan of today’s library.
Library furniture from Nova Solutions helps alleviate some of these pressing requirements with well-engineered answers:
- Study carrels engineered to incorporate technology
- A range of choices in storage options
- Flexibility in layouts of staff positions such as circulation desks
- Support for networking
- Designs that promote privacy for examinations and independent study
In addition to a full line of standard study carrels, storage units and tables, Nova library furniture consolidates the needs for study and technology into designs that incorporate both. Products like the Downview Visual Display and The Trolley monitor lift convert standard study spaces into individual information centers.
Nova's Downview design utilizes a standard workstation incorporating a flat-screen monitor below the desktop, viewed through a plate glass view port. Angled at an ergonomic 30 degrees, the monitor is viewable in a single downward glance. A recessed keyboard is at the student’s fingertips and the entire desk space, including the glass view port, is available for writing and study. The line of sight between the workstation user and the librarian is unobstructed by a monitor and the aesthetics are clean and uncluttered.
The Trolley monitor lift converts any study space into a computer workstation at the press of a button. A standard flat-screen monitor is stowed below the desk surface, permitting full use of the desktop for study or instruction. A single controller allows a librarian or lecturer to elevate all monitors out of the stowed position inside the desk to eye level, then retract them later to convert the workstation back into a standard study space.
Since 1988, Nova Solutions has supported libraries and educational institutions with evolving furniture technology to meet more diverse requirements. Contact us for more information.