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Library reopens with spiffy upgrades

Original post made on Mar 11, 2008

A renovated lobby and new automated check-in system greeted Mountain View residents on Monday morning when the library reopened its doors after a month of construction.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 6, 2008, 12:11 PM

Comments

Posted by Bernie Brightman, a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 11, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Appear to me that in order to make more room for movies downstairs they moved all of the general fiction and nearly all of the genre fiction upstairs. Someone must have thought, hey, let's make it more difficult to get to the books -- it is a library after all.

Then, to find space for all that fiction upstairs, they took away all the work tables in the reference area and put shelves there. Probably a third of the work areas in the library have been lost. But hey, nobody needs to work or study in a library do they?

Meanwhile, with the rest of the downstairs space the doubled the size of the lobby and littered it with small, uncomfortable wooden chairs in which nobody will last more than 10 minutes. What, people read or study in the library? Stuff and nonsense. A library is the place you go when you're too cheap to patronize Netflix or Blockbuster.

I wonder what the library will do in 2-3 years when DVDs are outmoded by direct download of movies from the Internet. Have a DVD fire sale I suppose. People always do need coasters.

Well, the library sure is lucky they have the financial support of Google to do all these things. And Google gets to look like a good guy and continue to fly their private plane over our heads at any hour of the day or night.

So all in all there's nothing wrong with what's going on at the library as long as you're a frequent DVD watcher or Google founder.


Posted by library patron, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 11, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Kudos to those that rearranged the magazine section upstairs. It is now easier to find back issues of magazines as well as the current ones.


Posted by Observer, a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm

Bernie, I couldn't agree with you more. The library is anything but. Fast becoming a part-time homeless shelter and day worker annex.


Posted by 4l4n, a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 13, 2008 at 11:53 am

I don't think librarians should harrass homeless people or day workers. The library is a perfect place for these people to pick up the skills that they need.