I am not a fan of tall shelving. High School kids are more than willing to do what they aren't supposed to do if they have nooks and crannies to hide in. I did everything in my power to do even more shelving relocation to open up spaces and make it hard for kids to be naughty. My aid and I spent a few days with the drill taking apart the shelves and sliding them all over the library. I am happy to say I now have a huge space where a class could meet and do lessons and I can see the entire thing happen. I like to see it all. (That is why I added mirrors.
Last year, I got rid of the bean bags (they were dingy and well loved) and I got adirondack chairs. ($20, washable, and they are easier to maintain than the bean bags.) I kept the rugs and tables but relocated them to a quaint open space that is very visible from the circ desk. There is a small chess area and a television (Which I got with an LSTA grant) right where kids can use it. I moved my large magazine rack to the space so kids could come and go and read magazines as they relaxed. We added a coffee shop so kids could come in, have a coffee and visit. The library has become the school social ground and I love it.
My next plan? Make my office into the coffee shop, move the circ desk to a more centralized location so I can work with kids and teachers but also be able to maintain a better social space. Hopefully I can find and win a $40K grant to get new, shorter metal shelves so I can open the space up and make it more of a "teen friendly area." Maybe I can find money for new tables (since I have had to pitch four this year because they broke) and money for a coffee shop sitting area. Guess I am dreaming now!