Organizing the genres together makes it easier for people to find books. They can go straight for their favorite authors. The grouping also saves space.
“We’ve done it in places where space is an issue,” Dulworth said. “I like it. I think patrons will like it.”
The westside library will serve some different categories. The small space will serve high-demand patrons who want a quick in-and-out pickup of items. A 24-hour library and 24/7 movie box will be available round the clock under a protective portico near the entrance on the outside of the library.
Inside, sizzlers — the highest-demand new releases — well be housed on easy-to-access book gondolas. These gondolas — or double-sided, portable bookcases — will carry 10 or 15 copies of new releases.
“We do a lease plan so we can get a lot of copies in, and then when interest wanes, we can send them back,” Dulworth said.
All of the books in the new library will be subject to a three-year turnover to keep the small collection fresh. Those books will be reused elsewhere at the branch libraries throughout the Pioneer Library System.
“We think people will stop in here as a quick stop,” said Nancy Littlejohn, acting department head.
For those who want to stay a while, there will be a coffee shop operated by Michael Palermo, of Michelangelos Coffee and Wine Bar. Free Wi-Fi will allow residents to sip their favorite coffee drink while surfing the Internet.
In-house computers also will allow for online access. A free rental machine will allow patrons to check out iPads to be used inside the library.
The library will include a children’s section and plenty of furniture for patrons of all ages who want to hang out.
Library staff will share Pioneer’s staff lounge, restrooms and kitchen space. The construction and equipping of the coffee bar will be provided by Pioneer, Masters said, and will require no funding from the city. Private vendors will bid to provide that service.