Recently, with a high demand for the construction and remodeling of libraries, and the rapid increase in the number of libraries during the last two years, the concern and need for library goods is also increasing sharply. The purpose of this study is to develop a new classification scheme of library goods by clarifying the terminology which could provide an accurate information on library goods and allow for their smooth circulation.
In this study, library goods are defined as all kinds of products required for effectively collecting, organizing and providing services with library materials, and classified into library equipments and library supplies. The term, library equipment is principally used for those things that do not wear out within a certain time period, such as furniture and machinery. Library supplies refer to those things that are expendable.
As the terminology is clarified, the classification scheme can be further refined. Library equipment, for example, can be classified as furniture, library system solutions, and computers and multi-media tools. Library supplies can be classified into library organization and repair supplies, sign systems, and miscellaneous articles. Finally, six major categories which include 117 different items are presented.