King Road Library Branch Follows a Updated Service Model


“A beacon of beauty,” is how Charlie Oswanski, facilities superintendent, describes the new King Road library branch, now under construction. The 22,239 square foot library will be complete in August 2016 and will have an all glass side facing King Road and low shelving to be able to enjoy the outside scenery. Oswanski notes the library service model is changing rapidly, and this branch will accommodate those who are on the go, homebound, and also the tech savvy. With a 24 hour lobby complete with a media box to rent materials and automatic lockers to pick up books on reserve, these features will accommodate busy adults who are not able to come during library hours. There will also be a Maker’s Space with audio visual capabilities and 3D printers. The King Road branch will also have a very active outreach center to bring library services into the community. There will be a monthly homebound delivery service. They will also offer an early literacy mobile, book mobile, and book hauler to take to nursing homes and preschools around the city. When designing this branch, they really thought of the changing times of technology and the patrons who are busy.