[Libs-Or] How are you determining capacity?

NIELSEN Buzzy * SLO Buzzy.NIELSEN at slo.oregon.gov
Tue Dec 1 08:24:49 PST 2020

Hi Kirsten and everyone,

Here are a few resources you may find helpful from the Operations<https://libguides.osl.state.or.us/coronavirus/operations> section of the State Library's COVID-19 LibGuide<https://libguides.osl.state.or.us/coronavirus/>.

  *   Understanding the Impact of Social Distancing on Occupancy<https://www.usfa.fema.gov/coronavirus/planning_response/occupancy_social_distancing.html> (US Fire Administration)
Basic info on calculating occupancy. Recommends 113 sq. ft per person, which is what the CDC also recommends.

  *   Social Distancing Space Calculator<https://covid19.colorado.gov/social-distancing-calculator> (Colorado Dept of Public Health & Environment)
Has some info on properly calculating capacity. There's also a link to a social distancing calculator<https://app.calconic.com/public/calculator/5ef21c169444bf0029086759?layouts=true> that takes into account your furniture and shelving. It uses the conservative figure of 144 sq. ft. per person. If you'd rather use the CDC 113 ft figure, the formula is:

     Building square feet x (100% - % of space occupied by furniture, shelves, etc.) / 113 sq. ft.

  *   Reopening under COVID-19: A Space Planning Approach<https://ala.informz.net/ala/data/images/PL_Reopening%20Under%20COVID%2019.pdf> (PLA, Public Libraries)
A good overview of what to consider when reopening library buildings, including occupancy and ensuring 6' physical distance. While it's directed at public libraries, it may be useful to other types of libraries as well.


Buzzy Nielsen, MPP, MSI
Program Manager, Library Support & Development Services
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From: Libs-Or <libs-or-bounces at omls.oregon.gov> On Behalf Of Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2020 2:42 PM
To: libs-or <libs-or at omls.oregon.gov>
Subject: [Libs-Or] How are you determining capacity?

What methods are libraries that are currently open to the public using to determine maximum capacity? Are you accounting in any way for choke points at service desks, etc.?


Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney
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