I recently had the opportunity to spend time with Kit Hadley, the St. Paul Library Director. We shared library plans for the future and discussed the role of the library in the community.
On the surface, Jamestown and St. Paul are very different. St. Paul’s diverse population is 285,068 according to the 2010 census. Jamestown is 15,427. The St. Paul Library System is anchored by a central library opened in 1917, and 12 branches. The James River Valley Library System has two locations. Lots of differences.
St. Paul is building two new libraries. This is where we show remarkable similarities. The services and layouts planned for the new facilities speak to two priorities. According to Kit, “The designs will anticipate the adaptability and technology needs of current and future library users.”
The new Sun Ray facility, shown below, is adding 3,500 sq. ft in Public Space that includes an expanded Childen’s Area. Study Space, Quiet Reading, Increased Internet Access, Young Adult Space, a new Community Room, and increased Natural Daylight, are highlights. It will replace a library built in 1970 and open in Fall 2014.
The new JRVLS facility will have expanded Public Space that includes an expanded Children’s Area. Study Space, Quiet Reading, Increased Internet Access, Young Adult Space, and a new Community Room, are highlights. In addition there will be a Heritage Collection room focused on the history of Stutsman County and Jamestown, an Advanced Technology Classroom, and increased Natural Daylight. It will replace the Alfred Dickey 1919 structure, that we will find a reuse for, and a county building constructed in 1953.
There are a number of new libraries being built around the United States, replacing buildings constructed in the early 1900’s through the 70’s. All are following the same vision, increased community space and inceased access to electronic innovation, to prepare for tomorrow.
For more information about St. Paul’s plans, visit, http://www.sppl.org/renovations
For more information about our plans, visit, http://jamesriverlibrary.org/