chapter  3
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Housing Services and Staff the "Keys" Areas

WithWilliam S. Pierce

When libraries were considered as collections of books to be guarded from the desires of importunate readers, service points as we think of them today were represented by a guard post from which a staff member could observe the library's users to see that no book was removed from the room. Since then, our concepts of service have changed markedly and it is a small library indeed that does not have multiple points for active service to readers. This change in service, along with the attendant enlargement of collections of books and other materials, has greatly magnified the need for library staffs, and consequently has increased the requirement for space to house them and the materials they service.