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AT A GLANCE Customize your visit


On the library’s website, guests can take a quiz prior to visiting to see which category they fit into and where to get the ultimate service for those needs:

The Collaborat­or: Users who like connecting with others can reserve a study room or the Creativity Commons room, which is designed for club meetings or parties. The Unconferen­ce room features living roomstyle furniture and a view of the terrace. The “social stairs” give people a place to “see and be seen” while charging a device.

The Lounger: With comfy chairs in abundance, guests can read, peoplewatc­h or surf the web in swivel chairs with side tables, electrical outlets and footstools.

The Socializer: Groups can book the Community Events room for classes and conference­s or the Creativity Commons room for cooking demonstrat­ions or hands-on workshops. Rooms are designed to be flexible and can seat as few as 20 or as many as 300 people.

Taking Care of Business: Those on a mission can fire up their laptop and, after working, browse the shelves, check out a movie or read a newspaper. The library also offers a drivethrou­gh service.

The Techie: The Production Studio can be reserved for recording a podcast or shooting a video. The Makerspace has a 3D printer, laser cutter, computer numerical control machine and an Espresso Book Machine so aspiring authors can print their book. Only two public libraries in North America have this machine. Also tech worthy: a robot arena for elementary students, gaming consoles for teens and a computer lab.

The Thinker: People can find a distractio­n-free place to work in one of several study rooms, computer pods or secluded seating designed like a high-end airline suite. The library also has a quiet reading room with upholstere­d chairs and table-and-chair combos.

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