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Library Director Ginnie Cooper finds herself in an
interesting position because the five county commissioners,
her bosses, have made it a priority for departments to
consider building mixed-use facilities. The idea is to
increase density in neighborhoods by putting county
facilities on the ground floor and housing or office space
above. A portion of the housing at each branch will have
carry cheaper rents for people in lower economCooper said that although she agrees with the philosophy,
she thinks it has caused delays.
\"Did we ever anticipate having mixed use for our libraries?
No,\" Cooper said. \"Would I do it if it were up to me? No. I
think they need to value the sense of place a library alone
can hold within a communit