Public libraries have served communities worldwide for decades. Acting initially as places to organize documents and read and borrow books, this purpose remains, yet has evolved significantly over time. Today libraries function as not only places to exchange information, but they also serve as gathering places with creative spaces, computer labs and more. The design of libraries has also changed over the years with new features and technology being introduced to maximize facility comfort and functionality. Mounted displays in public libraries particularly serve as an essential tool in their modern-day function and continued success in communities everywhere.

As with any mounted display, something to consider is; location, location, location! Think about the places where there is consistent and heavy foot traffic or where people may pause, whether it be to checkout or sit for a cup of coffee. These are the places where a mounted display is viewed by the most amount of library patrons and where installation would be best.

With mounted displays, there are endless possibilities with messaging, content and design. As a place with continuous new tiles and authors coming to the shelves, mounted displays are a fabulous platform for promoting new and popular books whether in stock or soon to arrive. In addition to updates about products and services, events hosted at the library, whether it is a children’s puppet show or book signing, can be advertised. With mounts inside the space, people viewing the messages who consistently use the facility are likely to appreciate the updates and return for whatever piques their interest.

Another factor libraries should consider in regard to mounted displays is size and accessibility. As library patrons typically range anywhere from toddlers to senior citizens, bigger displays are the best option for optimum readability. All mounted displays in public spaces must also be in adherence with the American Disabilities Act. What this means for libraries utilizing display mounts is that additional adjustments must be made if necessary. Compliance with the ADA involves ensuring that you have each display in proper form for access to all. This accounts for things like the distance away from a wall or surface it is mounted on so as not to impede walkways for individuals with limited physical mobility.

Certain places also sometimes require additional architectural considerations to be made. “In California especially, it’s important to get mounts that are OSHPD approved to withstand earthquakes,” says Premier Mounts Marketing Director Curtis Rose. “OSHPD approved mounts will stay mounted and secure through even a 7.0 or greater earthquake,” he continued.

Mounted displays in public libraries present endless opportunities for informing and connecting visitors. With the best locations selected and attention-grabbing messaging, their addition to long-standing community hubs is beneficial in a variety of ways. Used thoughtfully, book worms everywhere will appreciate new tech additions of mounted displays to spaces previously only occupied by static signage.