[Libs-Or] Restrooms in multifloor libraries
lorene at jcld.org
Wed Mar 25 11:54:30 PDT 2015
I think this idea of the survey has merit, Valerie, and it's very important
for everyone to feel comfortable using the restrooms in our libraries. One
thing to keep in mind is that unisex bathrooms allow for transgender people
to use the restrooms comfortably. Trans people are a minority in our
society. If the majority gets to decide, say through number of negative
comments about unisex bathrooms tallied, then I fear that the needs of
trans people may not be honored.
That said, older library buildings were not built to accommodate unisex
bathrooms or bathrooms for people with disabilities, for that matter.
Remodels take time and are expensive. It's a complicated issue. It's
important to be sensitive to everyone in the community, even those that
don't speak out.
Jefferson County Library Youth Services Specialist
541-475-3351, ext 2
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On Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 9:18 AM, Valerie Hauser <vhauser at ccrls.org> wrote:
> Rhonda, you might consider having a feedback form near the bathrooms,
> something like "How do you like our new unisex bathrooms? We appreciate
> your feedback." If people are having to wait in line or women are walking
> in on men who didn't lock the door, they would probably offer some clear
> feedback then and there. Sometimes, administrators don't listen to
> employees but do listen to their customers (students, library patrons),
> especially if enough of them squawk. If people are leaving the building to
> use restrooms elsewhere, that suggests a real problem for people with
> mobility issues and an inconvenience for everyone else.
> Valerie Hauser
> Jefferson Public Library
> On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 3:55 PM, Rhonda Alderman <ralderman at clatsopcc.edu>
>> I really don't know how 'weird' that is, but here's our situation, for
>> Our mid-80s library building has three floors: 1 is admin offices, 2 is
>> library main, 3 is computer lab and learning commons. We previously had 2
>> public restrooms on the library main floor - a women's room with 2 stalls
>> and a men's room with 1 stall and an open urinal. We have no staff
>> restrooms. The restrooms are near the circ desk, so I see the related
>> activity all day long.
>> In September, both our restrooms were designated unisex and bolts were
>> put on the entry doors (not the stalls, the doors) to lock from the inside.
>> This effectively cut our restroom capacity in half. We now have people
>> regularly waiting for the restrooms, which almost never happened before.
>> In addition, the pipes are old and the toilets occasionally get stopped up
>> and we have to wait for facilities to come clear the blockage.
>> It has happened numerous times that a man will use the urinal without
>> locking the door, and a woman will walk in on him. For most of us it's not
>> really a big deal, but it does create a very awkward situation for some
>> people. We're very happy that the campus is taking steps to accommodate
>> our diverse student and patron population, but we're not entirely happy
>> that it's our restrooms that were converted, though there wasn't much
>> choice because they are the smallest restrooms on campus. We've
>> complained, but to no avail, as yet. Some of the people who work in our
>> building just go to use the restrooms in a different building.
>> I'm not sure this even meets code, we'll have to look into the occupancy
>> limit, etc. for our building. In the meantime, we laugh... what else can
>> you do?
>> Rhonda Alderman
>> Lead Circulation/ILL
>> Dora Badollet Library
>> Clatsop Community College
>> On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Leah Griffith <
>> leah.griffith at newbergoregon.gov> wrote:
>>> It's become a question of our strategic planning committee regarding the
>>> fact that we have two floors, but the public restrooms are only on the main
>>> floor. Our building was built in 1985 and perhaps that was normal then.
>>> I'm just curious for those public libraries with two or more floors; do
>>> you have public restrooms on each floor? This is more of a curiosity as
>>> we won't likely be turning our staff restroom on the 2nd floor into a
>>> public restroom anytime soon and I'm not seeing a remodel in our near
>>> future, but I'm just wondering if our library is "weird" in not having
>>> public restrooms on each floor.
>>> Leah M. Griffith, Director
>>> Newberg Public Library
>>> 503 E. Hancock Street Newberg, OR 97132
>>> P 503-537-1256
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