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Step into a library, and you’ll discover spaces that are changing right before your very eyes. Gone are the days of hushed whispers and thousands of rows of books. With the shift to digital, today’s libraries are now vibrant community hubs that buzz with activity and offer a lot more than just books!

And at the heart of this transformation? The circulation desk. It’s not just about checking out books anymore; it’s about creating inviting environments that empower patrons to learn, collaborate and connect.


So, what questions should you ask before choosing library circulation desks? Let’s find out.


1. Where will your library circulation desk be located? How many do you need?


A traditional library circulation desk is located in a central area that is easily accessible to patrons.


However, if you have a larger library, you may consider opting for multiple circulation desks strategically placed throughout the space. Here are some of the benefits of having multiple circulation desks:


  • Improved efficiency: With multiple circulation desks, you can spread out the workload and reduce the wait time for patrons.
  • Increased convenience: Having circulation desks located throughout the library makes it more convenient for patrons to get the help they need. This can encourage them to use the library more often.
  • Better service: By providing more personalized assistance in different zones of your library, staff at circulation desks can help to improve the service experience for your patrons.

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2. What level of flexibility and customization does my circulation desk need?


As technologies change and new trends emerge, it’s important to choose circulation desks that can change and grow with your library. Our Circulation Desks allow you to add or remove parts as needed with docking magnets, so your desk can always meet the requirements of your library.


Take a look at the options we offer that you can mix and match to create your ideal circulation desk. We also have a variety of Circulation Under Desk Cabinets for extra storage.


Mobility is also important to consider when choosing a circulation desk. Our Mobile Circulation Desks can be especially helpful for libraries that have limited space or that need to be able to quickly and easily adapt their layout for events and programs.


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3. What kind of aesthetic should your library circulation desk have?


The look of your circulation desks plays an important role in creating a welcoming atmosphere and setting the tone for your library’s overall design. After all, it’s the first thing they’ll see when they walk through the front entrance!


At WB, we offer a variety of finishes and styles to match your library’s appearance, including a wide range of edge banding colors.


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4. What are the maintenance and durability considerations?


Libraries are always bustling with visitor activity, which means the circulation desk you choose needs to be up to the challenge!


At WB, our Circulation Desks are built to last. Crafted from quality materials and expert craftsmanship, our desks are sturdy, durable and designed to withstand the rigors of daily use in busy libraries.


5. Does the circulation desk need to accommodate evolving technology needs?


In today’s digital age, functional wire management is essential to support technology integration within library circulation desks.


Our Circulation Desks feature advanced wire management solutions that help keep cables out of the way and out of sight! This helps keep an organized workspace, reduce tripping hazards and enhance the overall aesthetics of your circulation desk setup. Whether the power source is from the wall or floor, our wire management options are designed to meet your tech requirements.


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6. What’s the budget?


Budget constraints are a reality for many libraries, making affordability a top concern. At WB, our Circulation Desks strike the perfect balance between cost-effectiveness and functionality. This makes it easy for you to upgrade without sacrificing quality or breaking the bank!



Ready to build the perfect library circulation desk?


At WB, we’ve worked with libraries of all sizes and budgets to craft a circulation desk that meets their needs. Contact us today to see how we can design a customized desk that improves the overall experience for patrons and staff.