I have continuously made the argument that libraries should make an effort to purchase their furniture from a library furniture manufacturer. Well I think the best way to prove my point is to revisit a library after many years to see how it has held up. The Northern Tier Library (at the time it was the Richland Public Library) is just celebrating its 17th year since we installed their library furniture. The library furniture is by Palmieri Furniture ( one of the library furniture manufacturers I have discussed) and the steel book stack is M J industries System 30. The lounge pieces were done by Patrician and the rest of the seating was done by the Jasper Chair Company. When visiting libraries with prospective clients, I always choose this one as a stop, the furniture is not only beautiful but still is in as good a condition as the day we installed it. Furniture engineering for libraries should be able to pass a 30 year test and if your manufacturer can only give you jobs that are a couple of years old ask the question how is your furniture built that you can guarantee to me that I will have as structurally a piece of furniture decades later as I do when you install.
Below is the library photos just after installation:
Below here is photos of the library today: