The County Library closed its San Luis Obispo branch for renovations in October 2016 to make way for an expanded modern facility filled with new public space and amenities for the community. The library’s new technology-friendly design will come equipped with areas for patrons to charge mobile devices, self-checkout machines, and radio-frequency identification on all library materials to make checkout processes easier and faster.
Library support services are moving to the first floor and an automated book sorter is being installed to make room for 3,000 square feet of space on the third floor dedicated to adult nonfiction and reference materials. The new 13-bin automated material sorting system will have the capacity to sort 1,500 books per hour. This move increases efficiency for library staff and opens up 1,816 square feet of extra space for public use.
The first floor of the library will feature a café style ambiance with new books, music, movies, and seating to encourage interactions among visitors. Two new group rooms furnished with digital displays and seating for six people will be available for public use on this floor. One group room will feature a “creative lab” equipped with advanced editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere, and recording equipment available for public use.
The Library’s second floor will house the expanded children’s area with 500 extra square feet of space dedicated to story time, brain-play and a craft lab for science, technology, engineering, art and math programs. The updated design brighten up the space, making it more open and inviting.
The family lounge in the children’s area will have convenient family restrooms and space for parents to meet and work while children are browsing the collection. The first 700 square foot “teen space” will have movable furniture, games, and project work spaces to encourage socializing and interaction.
We hope to see everyone at our grand reopening in March 2017.
Updated Library, By the Numbers
1,816 sq. ft. will be converted from office and staff space to space available to the public
2 new public meeting rooms that seat up to 6 people
Children’s area will expand from 1,700 sq. ft. to 2,600 sq. ft.
Storytime area expanded from 50 sq. ft. to 500 sq. ft.
First-ever dedicated Teen Space will be 700 sq. ft.