Category 400 - Library
The Georgia State library is undergoing a transformation process parallel to the development of this master plan. The library transformation is focused on increasing public space, creating a new Decatur St. entrance and widening the pedestrian connections with expanded carrel space and expanded stack space. Even with the transformation project, the university will still see a deficit in library space, especially in special collections.
CEFPI guidelines and the consulting team’s detailed space program use the same calculation process for determining Library Space, breaking the projection into four separate calculations: one each for stack space, reading space, service space and lounge/merchandising space.
Stack space is calculated by converting all documents into “equivalent volumes” and applying space factors based on total collection size ranging from .07 to .10 ASF/Volume for standard shelving and .02 for compact shelving. Georgia State anticipates a 20 percent growth in equivalent volumes by FY 2015.
Reading space is calculated by applying a percentage of total students and faculty using the total university library system to an ASF/ station space factor. The CEFPI factors are 15 to 20 percent of student headcount and 10 percent of faculty (5 percent is utilized in the study). These rates are higher for the College of Law Library to conform to accreditation requirements, and lower for the other colleges because of the university’s size. The higher percentages generally apply to small institutions.
While libraries have changed since 1985, only the type of space has changed. There may be less demand for reading space but there is more use of computer and lounge areas. There is some community use of the library since it is downtown and is close to government operations.
Service space is calculated by applying a percentage ranging from 20 to 25 percent to total reading and stack ASF. Lounge and merchandising space is calculated as three ASF per library user (i.e., number of seats).
At Georgia State, the continually expanding collection and its need for more stack space has gradually displaced reading space. The amount of additional reading space required is disproportionately high. The CEFPI space guideline calculation yields a total FY 2015 space requirement of about 300,000 ASF, representing a need for an additional 73,000 ASF. Approximately two-thirds of this additional space is reading station space.
As with classrooms, the functional requirements of campus libraries are evolving. With more curricula emphasizing group-based and project-based learning, students require more on-campus space where they can meet and work in small groups. As such, small conference rooms with internet and media access are in greater demand in campus libraries. The space impact of these types of conference rooms versus traditional single student carrels also can add to the square footage requirements of library spaces. Even single student carrels are beginning to require more space with the introduction of more media carrels where students can view multi-media materials.
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