Photo tour of the City Centre Library!
Media were invited to take a full tour of the nearly complete City Centre Library today. Other than connecting the computers, filling some more stacks, and hanging the public art, the gorgeous new building appeared ready for the public.
Designed by Bing Thom Architects, the LEED-certified, four-storey building is a breathtaking addition to the City’s collection of public buildings and is primed to be a catalyst in the continuing development of the downtown core.
The library is 82,000 sq. ft., with much of the space dedicated to people rather than books. Featuring study rooms, a teen lounge, a fireplace, a coffee shop, a children’s area, SFU Continuing Education classrooms, community meeting rooms, and more, the library is much more than a book warehouse. That said, bookworms will appreciate the over 100,000 books and other media that will be available at launch. Over 80 computers will be available to the public, as well as free wireless access for those with laptops or tablets.
The building is bright and spacious with plenty of natural light shining through the library’s large windows and skylight. With brand new furniture throughout, the library feels modern and almost European in design with its IKEA-like furnishings.
The branch will be the launching place of the library’s new RFID cataloguing system. Instead of barcodes, these thin-chip ID tags will make checking out, and checking back in, books even easier. Behind the welcome desk is a self-serve return it slot, attached to a scanner and conveyer belt that automatically sorts books.
The building’s official opening ceremony is September 24th, but a soft launch will begin later this month.