It's just a thought that it might be a great way to not only introduce local, self-published writers, but also give those writers avenues to personally connect with local readers.
A modern break room for staff-- Staff restrooms on each floor-- A private computer area for families with small children-- Private study rooms
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add screens to certain places in the library and sell advertising to be shown on these screens. The advertising would have to be visual only with no sound except in the escalator tubes, elevators, or the waiting line at the circulation desk.
Continue moving in the direction of digital content. Make information about these possibilities more widely known and make it as easy as possible to check out digital content. Perhaps even rent tablets to families that otherwise wouldn't have access to digital content.
I wouldn't add a complicated food area to the library, but people love to drink coffee or hot chocolate, etc. and read. Reading and coffee are made for each other. Maybe a Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts would rent space. For food maybe a food truck zone would be nice at least at certain times of the day or during special events.
Move the public area in front of the library back toward the parking lot. This allows for the expansion of the circulation desk and information desk. Leave enough space for people to have an area for preparing to enter the library but not large enough for loitering, etc. Leave the trees though, they are very beautiful.
rather than having the table and chairs for visitors in front of the entrance and circulation desk have this area moved back toward the back entrance near the parking lot. This would become a public area for people to rest, read, meet friends, get out of the cold, etc. Perhaps have a small coffee shop with limited foods in this area and have a security presence in this area as well.
The Science and Technology area could have a direct tie-in to the McWane Center so that there could be a cross between a hands-on experience and a reference for further exploration at the library or at home. The Social Science area could have a tie-in with the Civil Rights Museum and the Art area could have a tie-in with the Museum of Art. There could be tie-ins with The Birmingham News and maybe Innovation Depot. Who ...more »
This would give the library a modern spacey look as well as being safer because there would be no open areas from the 4th floor down to the 1st floor. These tubes would be well ventilated and can have images projected on them and/or a light system with special effects.
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I have no idea how this works or if it is workable.