Posted by: bluesyemre | September 25, 2013

Is Your Library Plus-Size Friendly?

Make room for plus-size patrons.

  • Most libraries are conscientious about providing accessible facilities and services tailored to specific populations, yet some forget the needs of their plus-size patrons. More than one-third of US adults and nearly 17% of children and adolescents were obese in 2009–2010, according to a January 2012 data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. Those numbers mean that every public service facility in the country—including libraries—should be prepared to meet the needs of plus-size patrons. A few simple changes might make all the difference to an obese person’s experiences as a user of your library. You may not be able to implement these changes immediately, but you should keep them in mind if you’ll be building a new library or renovating an existing one. For me, the problems discussed below are not theoretical. As a, let’s say, “generously proportioned librarian” who has encountered obstacles in all types of public facilities, I base many of these recommendations on my own experiences.

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