Friday, October 14, 2011

Crunch! New Shelving Brings Lack of Space into Public View

Since the installation of the new shelving, we've received some comments and criticisms from library users about the lack of space. The reality of the Library's situation is that, given the current funding and building size, some needs will go unmet. The balance between room for books and room for people is a difficult one in a building that is 1/3 the size needed to serve the community.

Users have noticed the lack of space for studying, particularly in quieter areas of the Library. Quiet spaces are few in the Library. Tables are close together and too few to seat all those who would like to study, read or work here. Though one small group study room will return to service in a few weeks, that room will regularly be in use to house literacy volunteer tutors and small programs.

In a recent Youth Services department meeting, it was noted that the Jump and Jive storytime program is so successful that the Storytime Room, where it is currently held, is not large enough to meet the demand. However, the Large Meeting Room is not available at that time to allow the program to expand. This is just one example of many.

Without more space, the Library will continue to struggle with the balance between the resources you need and the a place for you to use them.