Changing Things Up in the WPPL

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The new, open seating area in front of the Checkout Desk and the new Information Desk (far right) for getting library cards and boat decals.

You may have noticed that we’ve moved things around at the WPPL over the last six months. Not many people like change, but there is a method to our “madness.”

Most importantly, we are trying to make the Library as it exists in its current building as patron-friendly as possible. A professional space planner donated her time to help us determine what improvements we could make without spending any money. Our ultimate goal was to make things easier for you to find, clear clutter, shorten lines and increase service options.

Here’s a quick look at what we’ve done over the last six months.

– Removed the circular planter and circle of blue chairs to create more open space on the first floor.

– Created an Info Desk to handle all of the new library card registrations and sell boat decals, shortening lines for those wanting to checkout or address account matters.

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New and improved Self-Serve Stations allow patrons in a rush or desiring more privacy to checkout, renew and pay fines by themselves.

– Improved service to children, teens and families by moving check-out and check-in duties to the first floor. This leaves the Youth Services staff free to help young people find materials, provide homework help and answer questions faster.

–  We moved the service desks in the Youth Services Department to provide better access to assistance and to create  more space for studying, tutoring and homework help.

– No more DVD scavenger hunt! We consolidated the DVD collection to the second floor so you no longer have to trek up to the third floor to get the TV shows and nonfiction DVDs. New DVDs will still be featured on the first floor display rack, but all “not new” DVDs for adults will be shelved on the second floor in the area immediately in front of the elevator. Children’s DVDs will continue to be housed in the Children’s Room.

– Moved all audiobooks and large print books to shelving on the first floor for greater accessibility to older and visually impaired patrons.

– Fully integrated the young adult and adult music collections to make browsing and locating music much easier. The next phase of this project is to ALPHABETIZE the music so it’s even easier to find things.

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New shelving in the Young Adult Department gives the collection much-needed room to grow and an easier-to-browse configuration.

– Increased the number of Self-Serve Stations on the first and second floor for patrons who enjoy the convenience and privacy of checking out, renewing and paying fines at a kiosk.

– Made all items on “Hold”  accessible to patrons so they can retrieve them and use a Self-Serve if they are in a hurry or prefer to do it themselves.

– Added a Quiet Study and Internet Room on the third floor so patrons who prefer to be away from the bustle of the first floor can work online in quiet.

– Installed all new shelving (which we already owned) in the Young Adult Department to accommodate more books and be easier to browse. We also interfiled all of the YA fiction so young users don’t have to guess what genre a title fell into…and also so they will be exposed to genres other than the ones they already know they like.

– Cleared clutter and introduced more open space building-wide.

We appreciate your patience while we move things around to serve you better. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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