Wood Library Tables

Wood library tables are constructed using solid hardwood for the base, including the legs and apron, with a variety of tabletop materials ranging from solid hardwood to hardwood with wood veneer finish, as well as economical designs using particleboard, plywood, or other material for the core and finished with wood veneer, high-pressure laminate, or melamine for lasting appearance and durability. The wood base makes the library tables available in fixed-height sizes only, but most models come with a choice of different table height and sizes to suit different needs. The wood library table collection features four-leg tables for classic style and support, in traditional rectangle, square, and round tabletop shapes with varying sizes available for each.


Library Tables: Library tables offer durable support for heavy stacks of books and long study sessions. The library tables in our collection have predominantly four-leg frame styles with and without apron, in rectangle, square, and round shapes with a choice of sizes for each. The tables offer spacious tabletop area for comfortable use in library settings and the appealing designs complement a wide range of location furnishings and décor for versatile use. The wood base library tables are available with fixed-height only, but offer a large selection of table height options to customize for different needs. Many of our table collections coordinate with chair collections for simplified shopping experiences and stress-free furniture matching.

Plywood Tabletop: Library tables designed with a plywood tabletop core offer strength and support at an economical rate with choice of finish, usually in high-pressure laminate or melamine with matching or bumper edges. Plywood is constructed from sheets of real wood, layered with the wood grain alternating to reinforce the structure support of the panels, and the layers are bonded together for reliable panel structure. The plywood accounts for the majority of the tabletop thickness on these tables, and the finish options provide damage-resistance against scratches, stains, and use. The underside of the plywood tabletop core may be finished with a backer sheet or other sealing material, depending on the table model and style options.

Wood Tables: Wood tables are designed with wood or wood products. Solid hardwood table components have solid pieces of real wood shaped and finished to comprise different table parts, usually table legs and aprons. The solid wood pieces are often finished with wood stain to create a lasting wood-tone color and protected by a clear topcoat or lacquer. Hardwood elements may be finished with wood veneer for added strength, using thin slices of wood, finished with wood stain, and adhered with laminate or other bonding material to the wood surface. Wood veneer can also be applied to a plywood core or particleboard core tabletop for a real wood look at a fraction of the cost, and wood grain patterns with wood tone colors are available in laminate and melamine finishes as well. Laminate and melamine offer the look of wood with the lasting smooth feel and durable performance of laminate, standing up to frequent use with scratch-resistant strength.

Rectangle Library Tables: Rectangular library tables are among the most common styles, offered in a wide range of sizes with ample workspace on all available rectangle library tables. The tabletops are longer than they are wide, with angled or rounded corners and edges, and vinyl or PVC edging added to select models for impact-resistance and comfort. These tables come in a variety of construction materials, including solid hardwood, and offer style options to suit any library or school setting.

Square Library Tables: Square library tables have four equal-length tabletop sides with angled corners and edges or rounded corners and edges, depending on the style. Select square tables have an added bumper edge, usually made of vinyl or PVC for impact-resistance. Some tabletops are constructed with solid wood with wood stain finish, while others have plywood, particleboard or other core and are finished with laminate, melamine, wood veneers, and self-edge or added bumper edge in a variety of colors and styles.

Round Library Tables: Round library tables are less common than square and rectangular tables, but available in different sizes and with styles to match the others for a complete set. The round tabletops are measured directly across the widest point, using the diameter to determine the overall table size. The edges are rounded and smoothed on most tables, and select models have added bumper edge made of vinyl or PVC for comfortable leaning against the table and for impact-resistance. As with the other library tables, round library tables feature a variety of construction materials and finishes to fit different needs, preferences, and budgets.

Half-Hexagon Library Tables: Similar to a trapezoid activity table in shape, the half-hexagon tables have four sides and resemble half of a stop sign with one long side and three shorter, angled sides. The table can be used alone or with a second half-hexagon table to form a full hexagon shape, and one half-hexagon table offers ample space for up to three computers, complete with lower shelf for storage and built-in grommets for wire management and cable pass-through access.

Solid Hardwood Legs: Tables with solid hardwood legs feature table legs constructed from real wood, carved, shaped, sanded or cut to form the legs. Table legs made of solid hardwood will feature wood stain finish in natural or wood tone shades, and protective topcoat or lacquer to ensure lasting appearance. The wood table legs may be square, straight, rounded, tapered, or any combination of designs and usually arranged in the classic four-leg table frame style.

Tapered Legs: Tapered legs are wider at the top near the tabletop and grow narrower toward the floor. The tapering may be even around the table leg, or angled to create a slope-like appearance. Square table legs can be tapered while retaining the four angled corners along the sides or rounded as the leg tapers toward the floor. Most library tables with tapered legs have only a slight or subtle taper, as opposed to a sharp or dramatic tapered leg creating a stiletto appearance.

Steel Legs: Library tables with steel legs are finished with enamel or paint, usually with a powder-coat feel. The legs are made using tubular steel for lighter weight from the hollowed centers, and the bottoms of the table legs are fitted with plastic feet, floor glides, or other protective material to prevent damage to floors from movement and use. The steel tubing is usually round, but can be square or oval, and the legs are generally uniform in size from top to bottom but select tables throughout our collections offer tapered steel legs in varying styles.

Tubular Steel: Tubular steel is hollow in the center, with a set steel thickness to the tubing to ensure lasting support for a given component. Usually comprising the table legs on select table models, the tubular steel can be round, oval, square, straight or tapered and is finished with enamel or paint. The finish is cured to create either a shiny gloss finish when baked on or a powder-coat finish and may come in a choice of colors. To protect floors, the bottoms of the steel tubular legs are fitted with feet or floor glides made of plastic or other non-marring material to prevent damage to floors.

Steel Apron: Library tables with steel apron have reinforced structural support with an apron panel running between the four table legs on all four sides. The apron usually forms a square or rectangle, underneath the tabletop, and stabilizes the four-leg structure while adding support to the tabletop for strength. The steel apron is finished in paint or enamel to match steel legs or other steel table components.

Hardwood Apron: A hardwood apron is made from solid wood panels that are connected to the four table legs forming a rectangle or square that reinforces the tabletop and adds stability to the legs and frame. The wood apron is finished to match the legs, tabletop, or other wood components. An optional wood apron can enhance the overall style of a wood table, while opting for no apron can make library tables more accessible for ADA-compliant under-table clearance to allow comfortable wheelchair access.

Reinforced Legs: Library tables with reinforced legs typically include steel corner braces securing the tabletop and legs together for stability and strength, and/or heavy-duty steel bolts to secure the table legs and frame in place. Table aprons can also add reinforcement to the overall structure and legs.

Library Table Height Options: Library tables come with fixed-height to simplify use by many library patrons. Wood and steel frames comprise our library table collection with a choice of fixed-height tables ranging from 16”-high to 29½”-high, available at almost all full-inch sizes within that range.

Standard Height: Standard library table height is considered 29” or 29½”-high.

Juvenile Height: Juvenile height for library tables is considered 27”-high, in comparison to the standard height of 29”-high.

ADA-Compliant Options: Library tables that offer an option for table apron or no apron frames can accommodate comfortable wheelchair access without the table apron meeting ADA requirements for necessary under-table clearance. The extra space provided by having a no-apron frame allows wheelchair users easy access to the full table.


Protective Edging: Most tables feature some form of protective edging to prevent the tabletop finish from separating from the core by concealing the laminate or melamine seam. The edging also covers potentially raw or rough edges to enhance comfortable use and prevent clothing snags or scratches. Self-edge uses laminate or melamine, extended down the sides of the tabletop from the surface finish, or finished to match the tabletop. PVC and vinyl edging add coordinating or matching finish to the edges of the tabletops and protect from impact and bumps that occur with everyday use.

Table Edge Options: Various library tables with wood tabletops provide a choice of edge styles. Knife edge has a sloped edge that angles downward, while reverse knife edge has the slope on the underside of the tabletop edge for maximum table surface area. Beveled edges retain a flat vertical lower-edge comprising about half of the edge-height, and the upper part of the tabletop edges are angled slightly and sloped from the tabletop surface to the start of the flat vertical edge. Square edges have classic box-like angles with crisp vertical lines for the edge and flat parallel lines for the top and bottom surfaces of the tabletop. Radius edges are rounded completely, with a curved C-like shape that blends into the tabletop surface and underside for a smooth look. Traditional and transitional edges have shaped detailing to give a classic wood table appearance.

T-Molded Edges: Usually made of vinyl, T-molded edges are custom-made to resemble a T-shape,ith the top of the T forming the outer visible edge. The stem of the T is secured in a groove running around the tabletop edge for a lasting fit that keeps the outer edge close to the tabletop sealing the edges from exposure. The vinyl provides a bumper edge protecting from impact and use, and enhancing comfortable table use for leaning over work, books, and study materials.

Rounded Corners: Square and rectangular tables often feature rounded corners, softening the appearance of sharp angles and smoothing points and edges for safer table use.

Bullnose Edge: Bullnose edging is usually made with vinyl, shaped to form a significant rounded edge protruding beyond the tabletop surface. Wood tables can also form bullnose edges with smoothed, well-rounded sides and edges.

Matching Self-Edge: Library tables with wood stain, laminate, or melamine finish may feature self-edge or matching edge, with the finish applied to the sides of the tabletop or, in the case of laminate and melamine, extending over the edge and down the sides of the tabletop for a uniform finish without seams.

Backer Sheet: Backer sheets are applied to many tables, particularly with plywood or particleboard core construction, to reinforce shape, prevent warping and bending from use, and protect from moisture for added durability. The backer sheet is applied using laminate for a lasting secure hold and the edges are sealed with protective edging that conceals the tabletop finish and backer sheet edges, protecting the bonded seams from separating or lifting away from the core.

Adjustable Glides: Library tables with adjustable glides have four-leg frames fitted with protective plastic, nylon, or similar pieces that join the bottoms of the table legs and protect floors from table movement and use. The glides adjust to level the tabletop for balanced, wobble-free setup and use.

Plastic Feet: Plastic feet join the table legs of select library table models with a custom fit and protect flooring from scuffs, scratches, and other damage caused by table use and movement.

Natural Finish: Natural wood finish emphasizes the natural wood tone of the hardwood components or uses a light wood tone stain to enhance the wood table components. The natural finish is protected by a topcoat, varnish, or lacquer that keeps the table surface looking nice and protects from wear.

Primary Colors: Primary colors are usually red, blue, and yellow, used to create the secondary colors and/or a range of other colors when combined.

Secondary Colors: Secondary colors, by tradition, are made from the primary colors and usually considered to be purple, orange, and green.

Translucent Wood Stains: Translucent wood stains protect the natural wood from use and exposure while allowing the natural grain patterns of the wood to show through. The translucent wood stain can be clear or a variety of browns and wood tones, but all retain the sheer finish that shows wood grain and other patterns in the wood surface.

Multi-Step Finishing Process: Wood stain is generally applied by hand and in multiple layers comprising a multi-step process. The multiple steps ensure deep penetration of the wood stains, absorbed by the hardwood components of the tables or furniture, and then sealed with a protective topcoat, lacquer or varnish.

Clear Catalyzed Varnish Topcoat: Catalyzed varnish is also known as conversion lacquer and requires a chemical mixture containing roughly half solids and the finished coating is thicker and significantly more durable than traditional non-catalyzed lacquer or varnish. The catalyzed varnish also retains some elasticity that can prevent cracking under pressure or weight when applied to somewhat softer woods.

Cam & Post Assembly: Cam and post assembly uses cams, inserted into preset holes that are turned to secure posts in place and ensure a lasting hold. The cam and post assembly simplifies the setup process and reduces the need for power tools or other equipment beyond a screwdriver, in many cases.

Construction Materials

Duracore Tabletop: Duracore is a lightweight and eco-friendly polyurethane foam shaped into firm panels and usually used in the manufacture of doors. Tables with Duracore have a Duracore tabletop core, finished on the top and edges with laminate, melamine, or other adhered finish. The core provides exceptional strength while maintaining a lightweight table with versatile design.

Solid Maple Understructure: Library tables with solid maple understructure feature a solid maple hardwood table apron and also usually have solid hardwood legs, both finished in matching natural or decorative wood tone stain and protected with a topcoat or clear varnish. The solid maple understructure adds strength to the tabletop for support and durability and it reinforces the legs and frame for stable setup and use.

Solid Oak and Oak Veneer Construction: Library tables constructed from solid oak and oak veneers have solid oak components finished with oak veneers. Veneers are thin sheets or slices of actual wood, stained and protected with topcoat for lasting color and applied with laminate or other adhesive material to the surface of wood or other core components. The use of solid oak provides natural strength and durability, and the oak veneers ensures a longer lasting surface finish that protects to wood core.

Veneer Tabletop: A veneer tabletop is constructed with a core providing the majority of the tabletop thickness, usually made of particleboard, fiberboard, solid wood, or other core panel. The veneer top is made from a slice or slices of actual wood, stained with traditional wood stain for bold color and finished with protective coating. The veneer is adhered to the tabletop with laminate or similar bonding material to ensure a lasting surface. The use of veneers provides the look and feel of real hardwood furniture at a reduced cost for budget shopping.

High-Pressure Laminate Tabletop: High-pressure laminate is available in an astounding array of colors and styles, with set choices available for different table models. The laminate is applied to the tabletop core under heat and pressure, securing the bond to the core surface and providing a long-lasting durable work surface that resists scratches, stains, burns, and other damage from use.

Melamine Tabletop: Melamine is applied like high-pressure laminate, using fewer under-layers, and securing the finish to the tabletop core for lasting durability. Melamine, like laminate finish, resists scratches, stains, and burns for lasting performance, and comes in a large selection of colors, styles, and patterns with options to customize tables. Available options vary between table models and collections.


Technology-Friendly Design Features: Library tables with technology-friendly features have grommet holes for wire pass-through and power cord or internet cable accessibility, a shelf or other storage platform for equipment, and may include cable management elements depending on the model.

Environmentally Friendly Finish: Steel table legs and aprons are often finished with environmentally friendly powder-coat paint, protecting the steel components for lasting quality use and offering a somewhat “greener” design for eco-savvy and health-conscious shoppers.