After a comprehensive, six-month facilities study by staff and consultants, Newport library is undergoing a minor renovation. By reorganizing our collection, we hope to increase seating, meet the needs of the ever growing number of patrons who use their own electronic devices at the library, and improve the overall service to our community.
Some changes have already begun. Young adult patrons will notice a larger, more spacious and flexible “teenspace” downstairs in the southwest corner of the building. We have also created a separate juvenile non-fiction section to make it easier for grade- school students to find their material. Our magazine collection is changing to facilitate access, include more titles, as well as create casual seating arrangements.
In the coming months, mobile shelving in the childrenʼs room will make it a more flexible space. New carpeting and furniture, including chairs, sofas and work tables, will create “rooms” where patrons can relax with a book, or where students can use their own devices to research their next academic project from an improved wi-fi service to our reference and database collections. The library will also add a third private meeting/ study space. We plan more upgrades as time and funds allow.
We hope you will bear with us as we make these changes. Although the inconvenience will be slight, we think the improvements will be major.