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Charging stations

The library needs to have charging stations like major airports. Nearly everyone looks for a place to charge cell phones. A dedicated laptop area would be helpful also. Wandering all over the building to find outlets near seating is inconvenient.

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Parking deck with staff parking on the top

Multi-floor parking deck with staff parking on the top with a staff and deliveries only access from the deck to the fourth floor would enable materials to be moved into and out of the building without dragging them through the entire library. This would increase the parking for the entire library and lessen the noise and distraction in the library.

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27 votes

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Innovation Lab Makerspace

Let's have a space for the public with cutting edge technology such as 3D printers and laser cutters. It would be an area like Chicago Public Library's maker space--"a version of a hackerspace or makerspace, a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in technology and science, come together to learn and collaborate."

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18 votes

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Glass Studio Box

The inclusion of glass walled studio space for hands-on workshops/programming, artists/designers/filmmakers in residence, and large eye catching pieces and graphics for library programming or for gallery exhibits. The space should be highly visible from the street as well as from within the library.

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16 votes

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Create reading nooks/areas

Develop quiet reading areas away from the traffic and fray. Use the building’s architecture and library shelving to create a sense of enclosure. Place near windows for natural daylight or include natural daylight-effect bulbs in the area.

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16 votes

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Whiteboard space for brainstorming/planning/creative work

This suggestion comes from a librarian friend at a university. She notes that their patrons love cubicles with whiteboard space that allow for brainstorming, group work and creative space. In her library, this is available in work areas that include whiteboards on three sides, floor to ceiling; however, she notes that public libraries and university libraries face different patron challenges, and so that precise model ...more »

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9 votes

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Circulation Desk

I hope the designs for the circulation area for the new building include a hybrid between the lovely circulation staff and the hands-on help they give with the technology-forward trend of self-check-out kiosks. I know a few libraries have made the switch to mainly self-check-out kiosks and I have heard a lot of complaints from patrons. People love the sense of community that checking out with the circulation staff can ...more »

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8 votes

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A Learn and Experiment Space To Spark Creativity

Have a separated space that has monthly themes where people of all ages are encouraged to come up with ideas on various topics. The library would provide supplies of all types whether it is fabrics, photos, paper, technology, and more. Example: One month, the library would provide various materials along with a camera where people can create various backdrops for photography along with photography book from the library ...more »

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8 votes

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Art Gallery

Place the existing art gallery on the ground floor or other area where patrons frequent. Currently the art gallery is on the 4th floor with the board rooms. The location doesn't encourage foot traffic.

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8 votes

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