The new second floor has allowed our staff the opportunity to rethink how we provide service, resulting in an enhanced library experience, where you can learn new skills, develop new interests or receive expert research assistance.
While the revamped floor retains an Information Desk, the new service model calls for more one-to-one interaction and a doubling of staffing on the floor. The heart of the floor is the Discovery Center, where high tables and a selection of iPads create the perfect environment for working with our knowledgeable staff or simply getting quick work done.
In addition to the features of the Technology Center and the Computer Commons, the new second floor features a laptop lending program. Borrow a MacBook Air or a Chromebook at the Information Desk and take it into our new quiet reading room or into one of nine study rooms, which can be reserved from outside the library using new scheduling software.
The Business Center will have two scanning stations for those who want to scan to email, flash drive or save directly to Google Cloud or Drop Box. Our new Canon copier has greater functionality, accommodating print sizes up to 11-by-17 inches. A new print management system provides the option to pay for prints with cash or credit or store money on your account for future print transactions. Need a charger for your phone or laptop? We have you covered.
Another new feature is the Newsroom, a beautiful new space where daily newspapers and more than 200 current magazines can be read in a relaxing atmosphere with comfortable seating. The Newsroom will be adapted to a programming space, where up to 50 people can experience seminars, talks, readings and film screenings. With additional rooms for meetings and collaboration, such popular programs as citizenship classes, English conversation classes and Ask a Lawyer will be able to return to the second floor.
And with all of this change, books and reading remain the top attraction, with a perfectly appointed Quiet Reading Room and a first-rate collection.
Taken together, the second floor is nothing short of a game-changer for providing library services and programming.