Douglas County Library System (Oregon)

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Facilities Standards

Library standards maintained by the Public Library Division of the Oregon Library Association.

G. FACILITIES (Revised 2008)
Spacious, modern facilities are essential for good library service. Library facilities should be conveniently located and easily accessible to all segments of the population. The minimum space requirements shown below refer to the total gross square footage in all library facilities, including branches and mobile or portable facilities. The minimum space requirements are only a rule-of-thumb for facilities planning. Space needs of a facility may be less if significant library activities are being provided by contract or by another branch. Projecting space needs based upon local library service goals, as part of the development of a library building program, is recommended as the most reliable method of planning library facilities.
Threshold Standards
In order to meet threshold standards, each Oregon public library shall:

  • Provide a book drop when library is closed.
  • Provide a designated area to meet the needs of children.
  • Provide separate staff work area.
  • Provide a business telephone with a listed number.
  • Comply with ADA standards.
  • Provide sufficient parking.
  • Provide sufficient signs identifying the library, directing the public to the library, and within the library.
  • Provide a facility that is safe, secure, and well lighted.
  • Provide a public restroom, sufficient heating, and ventilation.
  • Provide facilities that are adaptable for technology.
  • Analyze space needs not less than every ten years, using current library facility planning materials.
Population served*
Minimum space requirements
0 - 3,999
3,050 square feet
4,000 - 49,999
 3,050 square feet for the first 4,000 population and 0.76 square feet per capita in excess of 4,000 population
50,000 -
 38,750 square feet for the first 50,000 and0.61 square feet per capita in excess of 50,000 population

*For service population, use the figure determined annually for each public library by the Oregon State Library. For Douglas County, the population is 107,690.

BRANCH                  
POP.  
SQ. FT.
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Canyonville 1605 1350
  • May not meet ADA standards for aisle width
  • Lacks staff work area
  • Inadequate power outlets for technology
Drain 1065 5000
  • Inadequate parking
Glendale 940 1740
  • Lacks staff work area
  • May not meet ADA standards for aisle width
  • Inadequate parking
  • Inadequate power outlets for technology
Myrtle Creek 3590 3344
Oakland 940 3322
  • No book drop
  • Lacks staff work area
  • Inadequate power outlets for technology
Reedsport 4250 5675
  • Inadequate power outlets for technology
Riddle 1045 1872
  • May not meet ADA standards for aisle width
  • Lacks staff work area
  • Inadequate power outlets for technology
Sutherlin 7610 10,245
Winston 5490 3736
Yoncalla 1100 3792
Roseburg - HDQ 21050 40,000
     80,076  total DCLS (73,941 required by standards)