Wow, I had not expected this of Calgary, Canada. The new Central library is a must see for anyone who loves public libraries.
- The architecture from the outside and the curved ceilings outside draws you in.
- The large community spaces when you walk in
- Then taking a tour, I realized the incredible amount of details in the design of every aspect of the library really pushed the limits of what a public library could be.
- The library creates a space for a book lover to meet with their community, read books, hang out and look out.
The Merced Branch of the San Francisco Public Library system is 1/2 block from the 28, K buses. Right acrossed from the Stonestown mall. There is plenty of street parking with 2 car parking for 10 minutes.
What is different?
One standout of this library is the central garden space with maple trees and 5 benches. On this sunny Saturday, taking a book outside to read without checking out the book is a great way to spend 2-3 hours browsing and reading books. There is 1 aisle worth of Chinese fiction and non-frictions books.
There is a nice fireplace with 6 comfy leather seats. A lot of 4 top tables spread a crossed the library. It’s a single floor library with almost 1/3 of the space devoted to childrens area and a small teen section.
A lot of kids, so expect noise around level 5 out of 10.
My plan is to visit every San Francisco Public library by having my reserved books delivered there and write down what is different and new that I learn there.
At Ocean View, the library is super friendly and when I mentioned I’m trying to see all the libraries, he said they get mostly neighbor folks here.
What I learned
- There is a Techout program where you can borrow MiFi devices along with a Google Chromebook
- They have a community room that can be reserved upstairs
- There was a funny daughter-father team, where the daughter was just lying around waiting for her father to work or read. She is likely13 years old, but it’s odd that she is just lying about.
The books that I borrowed today