Rochester, N.Y. - For more than 80 years, Rochester's Central Library has been a necessary resource. Today, the need continues, but the resources being used are changing.
“I do a lot more digital then I did in the past,” said Robert Frazier, when asked about his library habits.
“I use the computers,” said Faruku Lutwma. “I come here to read books, borrow videos, and movies.”
The changing needs, as well as financial constraints, have forced the library to take a look at how much space it uses. The library is looking for a consultant to come up with a master plan for space. For example, the library could merge the information and circulation desk in the Bausch and Lomb Building. Another suggestion is to establish information kiosks at the entrance of each building.
The library has been studying this issue for the last year, and the master plan could end up consolidating staffing points and public access.
In all, the library is hoping to shift from a collection-based facility, to a learning-based library.