Observations from a visit to the Houston Public LibrarySeptember 17, 2009
Back to the point. On one of our days exploring Houston, we went to the public library. (Doesn’t everybody drag their kids to the library while traveling?)
It was great timing to see the Houston Public Library because these days I’m in search of good ideas for our library building.
With thanks to the Houston Public Library for a great experience and their warm hospitality! Here is what I observed in Houston:
- Underground parking onsite…for a price. It only took three trips around the building for me to realize I wasn’t going to find free parking anywhere. If I wanted to see the library, I needed to open up my wallet.
- A large computer area with dozens and dozens of computers for people to use…and a waiting line for booking them. They looked to be a precious commodity, very well-used.
- A coffee shop in the entry area, it was very brightly lit and in a great location. I would have loved to sample a cup of java but my kids were more interested in exploring than sitting.
- A very friendly staff. It always make such a difference in a library. Kudos to the library for remembering how important it is to make people feel welcome…even visitors whose only contribution is a few bucks for the parking.
- A teen area that had a striking entry wall (as seen in the photo below) covered with the words (in a variety of languages) that meant this was a meeting place and displaying a sign that made it clear it was their meeting place…not a place for adults or younger kids. (I did peek in, I must admit, and saw some very futuristic chairs that my daughter made sure I knew I wasn’t supposed to try.)