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The general rule for fire code for a public library is 1 person per 100
square feet. That number can go up or down depending on placement of
emergency exits and other factors.

Our public library is 4,000 sq ft, so our fire capacity is 40. We often go
over that number during children's program times. When we do, the city fire
department requires that we call them and let them know. However, they are
just several hundred feet away from the building.

Schools are built with greater emphasis on safety than the average public
building, so a school library's capacity may be greater than 1/100 ft. But
probably not a whole lot greater.

Phalbe Henriksen
Bradford County Public Library
Starke, FL

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