Facilities

Library In a Staircase

Running out of room at your library? Government won't pony up for the expansion you so desperately need?

Well, take a look around, are you really using your area to its greatest efficiency? For instance, do you have stairs?

So, why not use those?

Warning: I don't know about anyone else, but the first picture on this page gave me a little pang of vertigo. It's almost like staring at a real life Escher creation.

The LOC Exposed in the Wise Guide

This month's Wise Guide from the Library of Congress includes a short article, titled The Library Exposed about Carol M. Highsmith's photos of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building. The article links you to the Carol M. Highsmith Archive where these and other photos reside. Have a look at the 400+ photos of the LOC here.

Arrangement of Desks Draws Controversy

Yes, library folks, people will complain about anything.

The West Hempstead Public Library received complaints that the study desks are arranged in a way that resembles a swastika.

The library's interior designer counters that the shape is not a swastika because the layout runs counterclockwise, the opposite direction of the Nazi emblem. Siting that this layout resembles a Native American symbol that means good luck, the library offers that the pinwheel design also makes efficient use of space.

More on this over at Newsday.

Best Exterior Paint Job Ever

Next time you're on some committee to decide what colour(s) to paint the library's exterior, you may wish to consider something similar to this.

Library Destroyed in Street Riots North of Paris

As the website LivresHebdo.fr has it, "Une bibliothèque incendiée à Villiers-le-Bel" (http://www.livreshebdo.fr/actualites/DetailsActuRub.aspx?id=1168&rubrique=3) Roughly translated by Google (see http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.livreshebdo.fr%2Factualites%2FDetai...) we read the following:

The library Louis Jouvet, who was standing near 30000 loan documents a year, was one of three facilities near the town. "It was actually the most popular library in the old Villiers-le-Bel," says Isabelle responsible Walet. "She welcomed children and adults every day." The building of 280 m2 is completely destroyed. "With my team, we are bewildered and sad," said Isabelle Walet, "we invest a lot in the relationship with the people and, in one night, this public service has entirely disappeared."

See additional coverage at http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&q=Villiers+library+fire&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wn.

North Riverside Library Reopens After Renovation

After a three week closure for renovations, the North Riverside Public Library reopened to patrons. Boasting a new youth services and young adult areas, the library also hired three new people for Youth Services.

In a situation many of us can relate to, a planned one week closure worked its way into a much longer period. Workers are finishing construction after the reopening.

More from the RBLandmark.

Library Flooded and a "WTF?" Moment

This is one of those stories where I just don't know what to say.

First, a mop falls across a faucet at the Bentonville Public Library and apparently that, in itself, is enough to cause hundreds of gallons of water to flood the janitor's closet, the coffee shop, and the Wal-Mart Meeting Room. I'm no expert on plumbing, but I can do my own and if a dust mop manages to break a faucet like this, something must have been horribly awry.

And speaking of awry, look at that next to the last sentence: "...the janitor's closet, the coffee shop, and the Wal-Mart Meeting Room." Uh, what?

More from NWAnews.

University of Connecticut Law Library Facade Flaws

Anonymous Patron writes "While the University of Connecticut's Law Library was built just 11 years ago at a cost of $24 million, it will now cost $19 million to repair. Leaks and flaws in the granite facade of the five story building were discovered in 2002. Then the repairs were estimated to cost up to $7 million to correct the dangerous situation. The Hartford Courant has more on the story. http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-trustees0926. artsep26,0,5248816.story?track=rss"

More on the National Library of Scotland Incident

Update: 09/12 11:37 GMT by B :This is what happened that caused the flood over at the National library of Scotland. Some of the items saved included the last letter written by Mary Queen of Scots and a Gutenberg Bible.

Palo Alto Library Plans Heartily Approved

Two boards enthusiastically approved plans for the construction of a new library and community centre for the Palo Alto Public Library.

The new Mitchell Park library will encompass 36,000 square feet while the community centre provides another 15,000 square feet of space.

More from the San Jose Mercury News.

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