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Republic of Latvia

Cabinet
Regulation No 395

Adopted 11 September 2001

Norms of the Material and Technical Basis of Libraries

Issued pursuant to Section 18
of the Law on Libraries

I. General Provisions

1. These Regulations prescribe the norms of the material and technical basis of libraries, which are to be applied taking into account the direction of operation of a relevant library.

2. The conformity of a library to the requirements of these norms shall be specified during the library accreditation process.

II. Library Buildings

3. Libraries shall be housed in buildings that have been designed and constructed in accordance with the requirements of the regulatory enactments regulating construction.

4. Library buildings, as well as library premises in buildings used for other purposes shall be designed in accordance with the requirements of Latvian Construction Standard LBN 208-00 "Public Buildings and Structures" and LBN 201-96 "Fire Safety Norms".

5. An entry of a library building shall be equipped with ramps, hoists or lifts which ensure access to the buildings for persons with restricted functional abilities. If libraries are housed on the second floor of a building or higher, such libraries shall be equipped with lifts for the transportation of people and cargo.

6. Engineering equipment and security systems shall be provided for in library buildings in accordance with construction standards and other regulatory enactments.

III. Library Premises, Equipment, Security Systems and other Property

7. Library premises shall functionally consist of a user area (premises where services are provided to library users), an area of administrative premises and an area of storage premises.

8. A user area shall include premises for the provision of information, the lending and reading of printed works and other documents.

9. An area of administration premises shall include premises for a library administration, librarians and a maintenance staff.

10. An area of storage premises shall include premises for the housing of a library collection.

11. Toilets and other sanitary premises shall not be located in the direct proximity of a user area and an area of storage premises.

12. A relevant library shall independently determine the types of premises necessary for the operation thereof in a user area, an area of administrative premises and an area of storage premises.

13. General artificial lighting shall be installed in library premises. The optimum level of artificial lighting is specified in Annex 1 of these Regulations.

14. The optimum microclimate in library premises is specified in Annex 2 of these Regulations.

15. The minimum required number of user places is specified in Annex 3 of these Regulations.

16. The minimum basic area required for the servicing of library users for the types of premises existing in a relevant library is specified in Annex 4 of these Regulations.

17. The optimum height of stacks and the distance between stacks in a user area are specified in Annex 5 of these Regulations.

18. The minimum basic area required for the servicing of children for the types of premises existing in a relevant library is specified in Annex 6 of these Regulations.

19. The minimum basic area required for storage sites for the types of documents existing in a relevant library is specified in Annex 7 of these Regulations.

20. The minimum basic area required for library employees for the types of premises existing in a relevant library is specified in Annex 8 of these Regulations.

21. The minimum basic area for auxiliary rooms for the types of premises existing in a relevant library is specified in Annex 9 of these Regulations.

22. The following equipment and other property shall be utilised in libraries in accordance with the direction of operation thereof:

22.1. stacks, bookcases and stands for the housing of books and other documents;

22.2. tables, chairs and soft inventory;

22.3. computer hardware;

22.4. phones, faxes and other record-keeping equipment;

22.5. copying equipment;

22.6. book repair and restoration equipment;

22.7. radio-broadcast receivers, audio-video recorders and reproducers, and television receivers;

22.8. back-projectors, video projectors, overhead projectors;

22.9. household materials and office supplies; and

22.10. other equipment and property necessary for the operation of a library.

23. Library fire detecting, fire extinguishing, protective signalling and emergency alarm systems shall be installed and exploited in accordance with the procedures specified by regulatory enactments.

IV. Closing Provisions

24. These Regulations shall come into force on 1 January 2002.

25. The requirements of these Regulations shall come into force on 1 January 2005 for the libraries that are not built anew, reconstructed or renovated.

Prime Minister A. Bērziņš

Minister for Culture K. Pētersone

 

Annex 1
Cabinet Regulation No. 395
11 September 2001

Optimum Level of Artificial Lighting in Library Premises

Area of premises

Level of artificial lighting
(in lux)

User area

500

Area of administrative premises

500

Area of storage premises

300

Minister for Culture K. Pētersone

 

Annex 2
Cabinet Regulation No. 395
11 September 2001

Optimum Microclimate in Library Premises

Area of premises

Air temperature
(°C)

Relative air humidity
(%)

User area

21-24

55-65

Area of administrative premises

21-24

55-56

Area of storage premises

18-20

45-55

Minister for Culture K. Pētersone

 

Annex 3
Cabinet Regulation No. 395
11 September 2001

Minimum Required Number of User Places in Libraries

No.

Size of a library collection (thousands of copies)

Minimum required number of user places in libraries under construction, reconstruction and renovation

Minimum required number of user places in other libraries

1.

5.0

8

4

2.

10.0

14

7

3.

15.0

26

13

4.

25.0

36

18

5.

50.0

60

30

6.

75,0

90

45

7.

100.0

120

60

8.

more than 100.0

20 user places for each subsequent 100 000 copies

10 user places for each subsequent 100 000 copies

Minister for Culture K. Pētersone

 

Annex 4
Cabinet Regulation No. 395
11 September 2001

Minimum Basic Area Required for Servicing Library Users

No.

Type of premises

Unit of accounting

Minimum area (m2) in libraries under construction, reconstruction and renovation

Minimum area (m2) in other libraries

1.

Reading rooms one user space

2.4

2.0

2.

Special reading rooms and user premises for working with computers one user space

2.5

2.0

3.

Individual work spaces for users semi-cabin compartment

4.0

3,0

cabin compartment

7.0

6.0

4.

Stacks in a user area 1 000 copies in fixed stacks

5.0

4.0

5.

Catalogues printed catalogues

in accordance with the area of storage premises

in accordance with the area of storage premises

one card-index cabinet

3.0

2.5

6.

OPAC one work space with a computer and a printer

4.0

3.0

one space for standing

1.5

1.0

7.

Lending counter one registration desk of lent items

6.0

5.0

8.

Music room one room

9.0

8.0

9.

Hall (auditorium) one seat

0.7

0.5

10.

Recreational area one user

0.2

0.1

11.

Cafeteria one seat

1.6

1.0

12.

Sanitary premises one room

3.0

2.0

13.

Foyer one visitor

0.2

0.1

14.

Cloakroom one visitor

0.12

0.08

Minister for Culture K. Pētersone

 

Annex 5
Cabinet Regulation No. 395
11 September 2001

Optimum Height of Stacks and the Distance between Stacks in the User Area

Library users

Height of stacks (m)

Distance between stacks (m) in libraries under construction, reconstruction and renovation

Distance between stacks (m) in other libraries

Children up to 9 years of age

1.2

2.5

1.4

Children 9-15 years of age

1.5

2.5

1.5

Adults

1.8

2.5

1.6

Minister for Culture K. Pētersone

 

Annex 6
Cabinet Regulation No. 395
11 September 2001

Minimum Basic Area Required for the Servicing of Children

Type of premises

Unit of accounting

Minimum area (m2) in libraries under construction, reconstruction and renovation

Minimum area (m2) in other libraries

Reading-room one user space

2.4

2.0

Fairy-tale room one visitor space

2.5

2.0

Recreational area one visitor space

0.3

0.1

Stacks in a user area 1 000 copies in fixed stacks

8.5

5.0

Minister for Culture K. Pētersone

 

Annex 7
Cabinet Regulation No. 395
11 September 2001

Minimum Basic Area Required for Storage Sites

No.

Type of documents

Unit of accounting

Minimum area (m2) in libraries under construction, reconstruction and renovation

Minimum area (m2) in other libraries

1.

Books and magazines 1 000 copies in fixed stacks

2.5

2.0

1 000 copies in mobile stacks

1.5

1.0

2.

Newspapers large format 100 vol.

1.4

1.0

small format 100 vol.

0.7

0.5

in boxes

0.05-0.25

0.03-0.15

3.

sheet music sheets 1 000 copies

0.25

0.15

exercise books 1 000 copies

2.1

1.8

4.

Records 1 000 copies

2.4

2.0

5.

Audio cassettes 1 000 copies

1.8

1.5

6.

Video cassettes 1 000 copies

5.6

5.0

7.

CDs 1 000 copies

1.9

1.5

8.

Microforms 1 000 copies

0.65

0.45

9.

Maps 1 000 sheets

0.9

0.6

Minister for Culture K. Pētersone

 

Annex 8
Cabinet Regulation No. 395
11 September 2001

Minimum Basic Area Required for Library Employees

Type of premises

Unit of accounting

Minimum area (m2) in libraries under construction, reconstruction and renovation

Minimum area (m2) in other libraries

Premises for maintenance staff one employee

7.5

3.0

premises for qualified librarians one employee

10.0

5.0

Administrative premises one employee

24.0

12.0

Minister for Culture K. Pētersone

 

Annex 9
Cabinet Regulation No. 395
11 September 2001

Minimum Basic Area of Auxiliary Rooms

No.

Type of premises

Unit of accounting

Minimum area (m2) in libraries under construction, reconstruction and renovation

Minimum area (m2) in other libraries

1.

Copy room a room for one device with a storage space

15.0

10.0

2.

Book-cart storage room one room

4.5-14,0

5.0

3.

Book sorting room one room

14.0

10,0

4.

Postage parcel area one room

70.0-100.0

50.0

5.

Bookbinding workshop one room

30.0-50.0

25.0

6.

Restoration workshop one room

200.0-250.0

100.0

7.

Photographic laboratory, reprographic workshop one room

25.0-35.0

20.0

Minister for Culture K. Pētersone


Translation © 2005 Tulkošanas un terminoloģijas centrs (Translation and Terminology Centre)

 
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Title: Bibliotēku materiālā un tehniskā pamata normatīvi Status:
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Issuer: Cabinet of Ministers Type: regulation Document number: 395Adoption: 11.09.2001.Entry into force: 01.01.2002.Publication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 131, 18.09.2001.
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