NORMAN — Courtesy of the Pioneer Library System and the city, the Norman Public Library West plans to open Nov. 1.
The westside library satellite is located inside the former Borders Bookstore, 300 Norman Center Court. Pioneer Library System purchased the defunct bookstore about two years ago with plans to renovate the building for use as administrative offices and a service center.
The spacious building was more than PLS administrators needed, however, and the library system offered 7,000 square feet worth of space to Norman for use as a westside satellite.
Growth on Norman’s westside has been strong, and the site is located just off Interstate 35 near Sooner Mall, where many children’s storytime groups were being hosted in an attempt to meet the growing needs of the expanding community.
Now, the dual-use building is nearing completion, and librarians have been busy this week filling the bookshelves.
Collections manager Caroline Dulworth said 14 pallets were delivered this week, with 17,000 books for librarians to sort, shelve and organize in the new library. Because the site is smaller than a main branch library, only the most in-demand items will be carried.
“It’s more popular fiction and non-fiction,” Dulworth said. “It’s not a research collection like it is at the main library.”
High interest non-fiction includes gardening, diets, animals, cooking trends and other hot-topic hobbyist topics. The westside library will carry the newest publications.
“Almost all of the books in this library have been published in the last three years,” Dulworth said.
The smaller book collection also will be organized differently. Adult fiction novels will be grouped together as fiction, whether is popular fiction, romance, sci-fi or mystery. Additionally, teen fiction will be grouped with adult fiction.
“A lot of adults are reading teen novels, and teens are reading a lot of adult novels,” Dulworth said.