The Library is a place to share ideas, stories, culture and history. A Community Contributor, or a Library User, is someone who gives to the community and helps to preserve the past for future generations. If you have always wanted to help preserve the past for future generations then now is your chance. The Library isn’t just for the rich anymore.
The first step in starting your own Library is to create an area within your home or office that is devoted to the project. Then begin designing it! How does it look? Do you want to create an eclectic mix of styles, or one simple theme? What items will be stored there? The answer to all of these questions is going to determine the size and cost of your library furnishings.
For the interior design of your community library, go online to find out what kinds of items are commonly found there. By shopping around you can locate furniture, tables, chairs, shelves, lamps, book racks and more. It’s also a good idea to find out if you can have a place for the community’s mailboxes. This will save you a lot of time sorting the mail and having to carry it all back and forth to the library.
Once you have an area set up within your community for the Library, begin organizing the books that are within your possession. Make a list of the titles you currently own, those that are overdue, those that are damaged, etc. Then organize them according to the date and title. Don’t forget to keep track of the books in your collection that are out of circulation, or are otherwise not used. The last thing you want to do is have to start ordering materials again because you have no idea when they’ll be coming in. You don’t want to get caught in the gears of ordering again a year or two later!
Now you’re ready to purchase the furnishings. The most common items that are found in a community library are reading areas, bookcases, desks and display areas. Bookcases can be found with a glass or metal frame. A desk is usually placed along with ample storage room for one or two readers. Displays come in all sizes, from small corner displays to large wall-mounted units.
The final step in putting together your library is to sign a guestbook. You can either have it hand-written by yourself or have a staff member assist you. This way every visitor to your library will be able to see where to find what they’re looking for. And don’t worry, they will probably be talking about their visit for years to come!