Library Collections

Library collections are coordinating sets of furniture and storage units designed for organizing library books and materials, and providing durable tables and chairs for library furnishing.


Atlas Stand/Atlas Display: An atlas stand or atlas display is designed with spacious shelves to support the larger sizes of map and atlas books that typically do not fit neatly on standard bookcase shelving. The storage shelves may be set on drawer-slides for easier access to the larger sized books.

Bench: A bench is a seating element with one or more seats in an open design without a backrest or armrests. Bench frames can have standard four-leg layouts or sled-style base designs, depending on the collection.

Book Browser: Book browser products offer a convenient design for access from all sides, with open-top bin-style shelf and lower shelf with standing book dividers for organizing new releases, multimedia products, current book club selections, summer reading books, or other library display. Book browser units are also used in children’s rooms for children’s books with varied sizes.

Book Drop Cart: A book drop cart is a book-collecting unit used to hold books returned from library patrons. The cart may be part of a set with a book drop opening or slot on one side, into which patrons place the returned books. Alternatively, the cart may have a depressing platform inside that reduces impact from books as they are dropped into the cart.

Bookcase: A Bookcase units come in a range of sizes, with a two-shelf bookcase the typical smallest size. The shelves may adjust, allowing for taller books, and most offer open-shelf storage to allow easy access to books and contents.

Book Return: Book return library furniture units are made to collect books as library patrons return them. The book return unit may have a slot or book-sized opening for easy drop-in returns.

Book Truck: Book trucks are durable, mobile bookcase-style units for sorting and putting library books away. Book trucks come with flat shelves or angled shelves, and in single-sided or double-sided styles.

Book Truck Storage: Book truck storage is a shell-like storage unit with flat top surface. The front-facing support panel has a book-drop cutout and the backside is open to allow the book truck to tuck within the frame for storage and book collection.

Canvas Book Catch: A canvas book catch is found within select book truck models, easing the collection of books as they are returned.

Chair with Arms: Library chairs with arms often have wood frames with the armrests built into the frame forming an extension from the base for durable support. The armrests are built at the sides of the seat and usually about the height of the elbows for a natural rest position.

Closed Storage: Closed storage is a storage compartment concealed or enclosed by a single or double door layout. The doors are set on hinges and many closed storage units include locks for security.

Computer Carrel: Computer carrels are designed to provide support for a computer system, with grommet holes for wire pass-through and storage space for CPU. The work surface will have ample space for a monitor, as well as room for a keyboard and mouse. Many computer carrels are designed for networking multiple carrels in a computer lab or group arrangement.

Computer Station: Library computer stations are sized to hold a full computer system, with storage space for file folders and other library office supplies. Grommet holes allow wire access for technology support. Library computer stations can serve as reference desks or checkout stations.

Computer Workstation: Computer workstations are designed to support full computer systems with room for monitor, keyboard and mouse, as well as storage or a holder for CPU tower.

Conference Table: Conference tables in library collections are designed for group work, offering a spacious worktop in predominantly rectangular shapes. Round, square, octagon, and half-hexagon styles are also available.

Cubby Hole: Cubby hole storage has an open-front style in a bookcase-like frame, but with vertical and horizontal dividers forming a series of evenly spaced shelf compartments or cubbyholes.

Depressible Book Truck: The depressible book truck has a cart-like design with casters for mobility. Inside the collection bin is a spring-supported platform that depresses as books are added to the cart. The depressible book truck is designed to fit within the book truck storage unit.

Desk Shell: Desk shell furniture units are simple frames with a work surface and supportive base, but without built-in storage drawers, file pedestals, center drawer or other typical workstation components. A desk shell can be customized by adding elements from the library collection for a personalized configuration that meets individual or locational needs.

Dictionary Stand: A dictionary stand is made to hold a large, classic-style dictionary for reference and patron access. The dictionary stand usually has an angled top surface with bookstop ledge along the bottom to support the heavy dictionary and allow comfortably viewing and reading angles from standing positions.

Double-Face Shelving: Double-face shelving functions like two single-face shelving units positioned back-to-back but with one single structure that is divided vertically through the center of the frame forming two front-facing sides. Double-face shelving functions as rows or other arrangements throughout library floors or departments. These units are not designed for lining up against a wall.

Double Seat Bench: A double seat bench is a bench design with room for at least two people. The frame can have a four-leg or sled-style design and the seats are often cushioned and upholstered. A bench typically has no backrest or armrests, elements typical of sofa designs.

Encyclopedia Truck: Encyclopedia trucks are carts designed to support the weight of encyclopedias and reference books, with angled shelves for easier access and viewing.

Half-Hexagon Table: A half-hexagon library table has a long flat edge on one side, with a three-sided round edge opposite the flat edge, creating the look of a full, six-sided hexagon when paired with a second matching table.

Hinged Door Unit: Hinged door units have enclosed storage, usually with two doors set on hinges. A lock may be included, depending on the model or design, to secure the two doors. Inside the storage compartment there is a fixed bottom shelf and usually a fixed or adjustable middle shelf.

Lab Workstation: Lab workstations in library collections typically refer to workstation desk units that can support a full computer system. These workstations can furnish and organize a library computer room, computer lab, or other computer arrangements, with built-in cable management and wire access grommets as well as storage space for computer CPU, monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Laptop Storage Cart: Laptop storage carts have divided compartments for maximizing the number of laptop computers it can hold. A laptop storage cart usually locks to secure expensive equipment when not in use.

Lectern Projector Cart: Lectern projector carts are made for library technology support, with open shelves for projector and other devices and instruments. The cart has grommet holes for wire pass-through and is set on casters for easy transport throughout the facility.

Leg Base Chair: Leg base chairs have traditional four-leg frames, often with connecting rungs for reinforced support.

Library Table: Library tables come in a range of sizes, shapes, and styles for furnishing library settings. These tables are typically made with wood and wood products, finished for durability, and designed to coordinate with chairs and bookcase shelving from the corresponding collections.

Magazine Display Rack: Magazine display racks are customized to support magazines in a displayed position, with covers partially visible for easy access and sorting. Magazine display racks are sometimes angled for easier viewing, and many a tiered layout.

Mobile Pedestal: Mobile pedestals are vertically stacks drawers for storage and/or filing, set on casters to allow easy transport or sharing. The bottom drawer is almost always a file drawer, with the upper pedestal containing either a second file drawer or two storage drawers. The pedestal drawers may contain locks, or have a shared lock that secures multiple drawers.

Newspaper Rack: A newspaper rack is specifically designed to support newspapers for display and access in a library or reference section. The rack contains newspaper rods that allow newspapers to rest with the fold over the rods.

Newspaper Rod: The newspaper rod is made to fit on the newspaper stand or display. Newspapers are placed over the rods, using the fold in the newspapers for stability.

Newspaper Stand: A newspaper stand is a four-legged table-like design with platform surface that supports use with newspaper rods to hold newspapers for display and access.

Open Storage: Open storage refers to traditional bookcase units, book carts, cubbyholes, and other storage units without doors.

Octagon Table: Octagon tables are wooden or laminate library tables with a predominantly round tabletop, cut to form eight flat, even edges, similar to the shape of a STOP sign.

Paperback Display: Paperback display units are made for presenting, organizing, and storing paperback books in the typical trade paperback sizes. The shelves may be adjustable, but most are fixed to optimize the storage capacity. Display units for paperback books are sometimes designed to fit at the end of a shelving layout for showcasing new releases or other paperbacks.

Patron Access Station: Patron access stations are designed to support a computer system for digital or online library catalog searching and other computer-based activities. The design is simple, with room for CPU, computer monitor, keyboard and mouse, usually accessible from a standing position.

Picture Book Shelving: Picture book shelving is designed to organize children’s picture books in standing upright positions. Built-in or removable dividers help support the books when the shelves are not full.

Reference Carrel: Reference carrels are similar to study carrels, but with shorter privacy panels on the sides, providing support for reference books and quick look-up access.

Revolving Dictionary Stand/Revolving Tabletop Display: The revolving display stand for dictionary or reference books is made for placing on top of a table or cart and accessing from any side. The angled platform supports larger books with an adjustable bookstop edge along the bottom to prevent books from sliding. The platform rotates 360° on its base, which is positioned atop a table or other work surface.

Single-Face Shelving: Single-face shelving is library shelving with one side and either an open backside or an enclosed back panel. Single-face shelving is designed to be accessed from one side only, with the back positioned against a wall or back-to-back with other furniture or structures.

Single Seat Bench: A single seat bench is one designed for a single person. The base may have four legs or a sled-style layout and the seat is usually cushioned and upholstered for comfort. A bench typically has no backrest or armrests.

Sled Base Chair: Sled base chairs have the stability of four-leg frames but with a connecting base element on the left and right sides joining the front and back legs to form two support base pieces. A reinforcing crossbar or rung often joins the left and right sled-base leg elements for added stability.

Spinner Display: Spinner display units have four sides that are customized to support up to 400 paperback books per unit. The four-sided design allows the unit to be placed in central locations for access from all sides.

Starter: Starters are book shelving or carrel units that offer standalone use with the option to combine with matching adder or add-on units for customized layouts.

Study Carrel: Study carrels offer privacy for studying and other work, with raised sides around a versatile work surface. Study carrels come in a variety of styles, including conference style with two work surfaces facing each other and contained by privacy panels on the sides.

Tabletop Lectern: Tabletop lectern units have short frames for placing on tables or desks, with an angled top surface enhanced by a bottom book-stop edge. The base may form an open-style cubbyhole with the tabletop or have a base panel that forms the compartment independently. Tabletop lecterns are ideal for changing needs, to support lectures and seminars in the library or for other practical uses.

90° Radius Corner Shelving: A 90° radius corner shelving unit has a triangular shape with 90° back corner angle for fitting in a room corner or forming the ends of a bookcase group. The front open-edge of the corner unit is rounded, creating the look of a quarter circle.

Book Browser
Book Browser

Book Return
Book Return

Book Truck Storage
Book Truck Storage

Computer Carrel
Computer Carrel

Cubby Hole
Cubby Hole

Depressible Book Truck
Depressible Book Truck

Lectern Projector Cart
Lectern Projector Cart

Patron Access Station
Patron Access Station

Single Seat Bench
Single Seat Bench


Adder/Add-On: Adder or add-on units are designed to match starter units but are not freestanding in design. Add-on and adder units can be combined with a starter unit to customize the configuration for different needs.

Adjustable-Height Shelf: Adjustable-height shelves have a range of possible positions within a shelving or storage unit, designated by a series or pre-drilled holes on the inner surfaces of the side panels.

Angled Corner Unit: Angled corner units with open-front are designed with a 90° back corner that fits in the corner of a room or forms the ends of a bookcase or shelving layout. The front profile is flattened, as opposed to the radius-style units, forming a triangular appearance to the shelving design.

Angled Shelves: Angled shelves are set lower in the back to allow the spines of books to be visible while looking down at the shelf from a standing position. The angled shelves reduce the need to kneel or sit in order to view contents.

Backrest: The backrest of library chairs is often designed open, with lower-back opening or slat-back design to allow cooling airflow. Most backrests are curved for a natural fit and posture support.

Back Vent: A back vent is a cutout or opening at the lower back of a chair, usually incorporated in the design to reduce pressure on the spine and allow airflow for cooler seating and comfort. The spaces between slats in a slat-back chair can also be considered back vents.

Box Drawer: A box drawer is designed for storage and organizing small office supplies and desk items. The box drawer is typically shallow compared to a file drawer and select models may include removable dividers or pencil tray.

Casters: Casters are wheels that support a variety of workstations, carts, book trucks, and mobile storage in library collections. The casters offer easy transport and versatile storage support, often with locking casters to secure the product for safe loading, unloading, access, and storage.

CPU Holder/CPU Shelf: Modern library collections feature technology-friendly designs with integrated, included, or optional CPU storage shelf or CPU holder to keep the computer tower off the floor and within the frame of the desk or workstation for safe setup and use.

Contoured Backrest: Contoured backrests are chair-backs formed to fit spines and postures of intended users with a natural feel. The backrest supports may be curved to increase spine contact for lumbar or lower-back support, and the overall backrest may be curved to gently hug the back of the user for comfortable sitting support.

Corner Riser: A corner riser is an optional enhancement to corner units or corner connectors, adding an additional raised work surface or shelf above the open-style work surface. The corner riser is available in different sizes to fit different corner units and collections.

Corner Unit/Corner Connector: Corner connector or corner unit workstation components are designed to fit in the corner of a desk or workstation arrangement. The base is enclosed on all but one side and an optional panel may be added for a completely enclosed base.

File Drawer: A file drawer is designed to support file folders, usually with rails along the sides for hanging files neatly. Some file drawers are designed to accommodate letter-sized or legal-sized files with the option to organize side-to-side or front-to-back within the drawer.

Fixed-Height Shelf: A fixed-height shelf is one that has a single position within a shelving unit or storage unit frame. The bottom shelf of a bookcase is always fixed, forming the base of the unit and stabilizing the frame. Taller bookcase units and combination storage units often feature a fixed-height middle shelf to enhance stability and enclose a lower storage compartment.

Grommet Caps: Grommet caps are plastic caps that fit over grommet holes in select library furniture to cover potentially rough edges.

Grommets: Grommets are holes strategically placed in storage and furniture units to allow cables to pass through the frame for neater technology setup.

Keyboard Shelf: Keyboard shelf is a technology-friendly element added to most workstations and desks in library collections. The keyboard shelf is often placed on drawer slides for an out-of-the-way position within the desk frame and pullout access as needed. Most keyboard shelves offer space for a mouse pad and mouse as well.

Leveling Glides: Leveling glides are found on the legs or base of many library furniture products, with self-adjusting or adjustable designs that allow the furniture to stabilize on uneven floor surfaces for reduced wobbling and enhanced safe use.

Metal Pencil Stop: Metal pencil stops are found along the bottom edge of select library lectern and display units, with an adjustable design that allows the bookstop the be lowered for a flush bottom edge or raised for supporting books and notes on an angled platform surface.

Monitor Platform: Monitor platforms raise the computer monitor above the work surface for easier viewing and to increase usable work surface area for writing, notebooks, library books, and reference materials.

Pencil Drawer: Many library workstations and reception desks have pencil drawers centered under the work surface for writing utensil and desk supply storage.

Printer Shelf: A printer shelf is built into many computer-friendly workstations, carrels, reception desks, and kiosks for printer support in library settings. The shelf is often placed under the work surface, for a convenient layout with sufficient work surface space and easier setup with wire management.

Slat Panel: A slat panel is an optional addition to corner unit or corner connector products allowing the base to be completely enclosed for a solid look.

Steel Apron: Steel aprons reinforce select library table styles with a box-like steel structure running under the tabletop, usually connecting the four legs of the base and reinforcing overall stability and strength. Steel aprons are usually finished with matching paint to blend with the table leg finishes.

Steel Back Stops: Steel back stops are found along the backs of select library shelving products, designed to support books from moving too far back and falling behind shelving units or reinforce the frames of the shelving units for enhanced stability and support.

Steel Legs: Steel legs support select library table styles, usually in a four-leg design and finished in paint for lasting appearance. The steel legs are often finished using an eco-friendly powder-coat process for scratch-resistant quality and style.

Waterfall Seat: Waterfall seats are designed with a curved front edge, sometimes set slightly lower than the rest of the seat to allow for better leg circulation, relieving pressure form the backs of legs.

3” Seat Cushion: Benches and library chairs with 3” seat cushion feature upholstered seats with padding or foam cushion measuring 3 inches thick.

Angled Corner Unit
Angled Corner Unit

Corner Riser
Corner Riser

Waterfall Seat
Waterfall Seat

Construction Materials

Double Beveled Edge: A double beveled edge is a step-like edge design around the perimeters or select wood library tables. The edges are cut and shaped to form a two-step tapering of the tabletop thickness, adding a unique style to the tabletop design.

Environmentally Friendly Powder-Coat Paint Finish: Steel and metal components of library collections are often finished with environmentally friendly powder-coat paint for an Earth-friendly style that lasts with regular use. The powder coating is durable, with a generally scratch-resistant quality, and the finishing process creates a smooth (sometimes textured) non-glossy look.

Fabric Upholstery: Fabric upholstery varies between chairs and seating designs, with a choice of fabric styles, patterns, or colors available to customize the seating design for different locations or preferences.

Four-Leg X-Base: Select library tables feature a unique four-leg X-base frame with four support legs that connect to an X-style base offering the stability of both frame designs in one.

Hand-Stained Wood Design: Hand-stained wood designs are wooden furniture products that have been finished by hand with classic-style wood staining for quality look and rich penetrating colors.

Lacquered Finish: Lacquer finish is a clear protective topcoat applied to wood stained furniture products to protect from wear and use.

Laminate Finish: Laminate finish is a durable, damage-resistant and impact-resistant finish comprised of multiple layers bonded to a core panel of plywood, particleboard, MDF core, or other durable tabletop and furniture elements. The laminate finish is applied using pressure and heat to securely bond the finish to the product, and the visible finish comes in a limitless array of colors and styles, with options for customizing based on the product line or collection.

Matching Edge: Matching edge describes tabletops finished with laminate, melamine, or veneers that have a coordinating laminate, melamine, or veneer band protecting the tabletop edges.

Melamine Finish: Melamine finish is applied under heat and pressure, resembling laminate finish but using fewer layers under the visible finish surface. Like laminate, melamine comes in a vast array of colors and styles, with a selection of choices for different furniture collections.

Plastic Edge Strips/Plastic Corner Strips: Plastic edge strips protect the edges of select book truck models, covering edges and corners to protect walls and other items throughout the library as the book truck is moved.

PVC Edge: PVC edge is a PVC plastic band, customized to fit the edges of tabletops and other furniture, concealing raw edges and protecting from everyday bumps and impact.

Slab Base: Slab base library tables are typically longer rectangular tables or conference tables with two stabilizing legs supporting the tabletop. The legs are formed as slabs or flat panels, with sufficient thickness and strength to support the tabletop. A connecting panel or modesty panel may be added to the frame, running between the two slab-base legs in a centered position under the tabletop.

Solid Hardwood Frame: Solid hardwood frames are made with all solid wood components, shaped and finished in traditional style with protective finish on most for lasting appearance.

Veneer Finish: Veneer finish is a wooden finish made from thin slices of real wood, applied with adhesive or laminate to the surface of wood and wood product core panels. The veneer sheets or slices are stained in classic wood finish style, and often protected with lacquer or topcoat for lasting appearance.

Four-Leg X-Base
Four-Leg X-Base


Adjustable-Height Increments: Adjustable-height increments are the set spaces between possible adjustable-height shelf positions. These positions are evenly spaced, usually in increments of 1”, 1½”, 2” or other practical spacing for book storage.

Standing Height: Standing height is usually over 36” tall for comfortable access while standing. Most sitting-height tables around 28” to 30” tall.

Table Diameter: The table diameter is a measurement across the tabletop surface or round or somewhat round tables, measuring from the widest points on opposite sides of the tabletop.

Wire Management: Wire management is built into many modern library collection products, with grommet holes for wire pass-through. Cable storage bins, channels, and other features contribute to wire management, varying between library collections and product lines.