This is a question that LANTERN hears from our library patrons. It is a good question and one that deserves a full answer. When our library was remodeled in 2012, several welcome changes were made. Among the improvements:
- Computers were added to meet increased demand.
- Old skylights were uncovered, providing more natural light.
- The carpeting was replaced.
- New shelving was installed that is capable of withstanding an earthquake.
- The restrooms were redesigned to meet ADA standards for handicapped access.
- Self-checkout computers were installed to improve the checkout flow and free up library staff to attend to other services.
So, what are the other established needs for the Sebastopol library? Back in 2003, the Sonoma County Library administration undertook a study that they called the Facilities Master Plan. This was a survey of all the existing libraries in the County system, looking at their current sizes, collections, computers, seats, and meeting room space. It then categorized the libraries in terms of their needs for expansion or updating. Sebastopol’s library was placed in Group 1, the highest category of need. That study indicated that our library should have about double the space it now has. The remodel added none.
If you are interested in reading a specific needs assessment of the Sebastopol Library compiled this year, it is available here or you can find an abbreviated version of it under the tab, Need on the home page. There is also a link to the full document at the end of that shorter version.