A cafe with outside seating and an outside entrance would add value to the surrounding area.
Signage should be improved to make way-finding easier.
Create a place for children designed to make them feel special. A place where there is noise control and security.
The Archives Department has not only outgrown its current space, the space also lacks adequate preservation protection.
The downtown library needs conference facilities including an auditorium, multipurpose rooms, and meeting rooms.
This would be a good space to rent out to the public.
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.
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.
Have a great teen area that will be comfortable and exciting for teens.
Gallery space for the library's special collections is needed. Also additional space for community exhibits would be great.
With a focus both on BIrmingham's and the state's history. Have this highlighted in the library's directory and on the website so that teachers, interested readers and newcomers can find it quickly and easily. Include both books, audio/visual materials and art.
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."