Here are the preliminary furniture floor plans. Remember this is early in the design phase. Besides having to get within budget, it is inevitable that things will change. The video fly-by is still linked in the blog post below this one, or directly on youtube. Meanwhile, enjoy what we've done and let us know what you think. Click on each image for a larger view.
First floor thoughts and comments by Library Director - a reorientation of the entrance to face Lafayette, along with a nice extended entrance canopy that identifies us. Stairway relocated adjacent to elevators, which are adjacent to circulation desk. Children's is on the first floor, as is the Teen Space. Children's adds a storytelling room (the pit must be removed for ADA reasons) and a crafts room. Study rooms and a larger group study room are in Children's and Teens. Currently we have NO study rooms in the library. The Friends of the Library will have space for collecting, sorting, and housing, and distributing used books. This is currently in the unfinished part of the 3rd floor. In the remodel, the Friends space has been moved to the first floor - where the garage currently is located. We hope to reclaim the garage space and allow the Friends to be more efficient in their volunteer efforts as they support the Library. Oh, and did I mention we hope to have the drive up book return and pick up window that we are putting at our new Regional Libraries. It was a challenge in the Main Library Renovation, but the Architects have come up with a solution.
Second floor thoughts and comments by Library Director - adult fiction, periodicals, biographies, large print, languages, and new books are on this floor, along with an information/help desk. The adult AV collections are on this floor. Currently we have DVDs, Videos, and CDs. The space and shelving will be flexible enough to accommodate whatever media (or downloadable media) are 'in' libraries in the future. You will notice that, in addition to the study rooms added on this floor, we've moved the meeting rooms up here. We are hoping to afford to remove the column that sits in the middle of our current meeting room - giving us a smaller, but much more usable space. Most of our meetings are for smaller groups (10-50) and the trade off of a smaller "large" meeting room - gaining a small meeting room, conference room, and many study rooms is advantageous. The Library Foundation, another one of our great support groups, will have office space on this floor.
Third floor thoughts and comments by Library Director - finally, after over 30 years, we are planning to open the 3rd floor as a public area. We plan to move Adult Non-fiction, a quiet reading and study room, Genealogy space, and local history to this floor. The area will have an information/help desk, numerous study rooms and a classroom sized-space for distance learning. Of course there will be public computers, online catalog access, and wireless Internet access on all floors. Administrative offices and IT moves to the third floor.