From colonial days until now, public libraries have provided both new and old, popular and obscure, books. It is impossible for even a wealthy person to maintain such a broad collection. Access to the Internet, and rooms to meet in, however, can be provided in other places (schools, courthouses, churches on weekday, business space temporarily not leased). I am concerned about the great numbers of books which have been ...more »
Adult Area and Services
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Numerous public libraries across the United States have partnered with local legal aid societies, and offer free legal clinics at the library, such as the Cleveland Public Library: http://lasclev.org/legal-aid-at-the-library/
The DCPL could explore similar partnerships.
How about a partnership with the city and employers to offer professional development and training classes in the library in order to train/re-train the local unemployed and underemployed? This will open up more long-term opportunities for mobility and to rise out of poverty.
Having been in other libraries in the country and Candada. I'd love to see a greater selection of ebooks and audiobooks. Also to raise the limits of how many one can check out at once.
When I flew through Tokyo there was a paid public shower area that I gladly took advantage since it was a long flight and layover. As far as I know outside of membership organizations or hotels there is nothing like this in DC. I'm sure shelters have some facilities but given it's prominence as a gathering spot within the homless community maybe a similar facility would make sense here? This could also be of use to ...more »
Can we have more resources, research materials, and educational/social groups? For example, a legal library, religious library, arts library, DC Architecture, homes, permits, churches, cemeteries library, DC Vital Records online access, Ancestry.com online access, Foundation Center database online access, legal resources center (once a week) staffed by pro-bono attorneys, social services center (IRS/DC, once a week), ...more »
Expand the novel section to include writers from the third world whose books have been translated into English Conduct weekly book clubs for children and adults Open special rooms for the community to utilize for lectures, group meetings etc. Make sure the library is open seven days a week and especially allow the homeless population to use the facilities. Since funds are limited, request volunteers from the Washington ...more »
The planners need to be aware that this library as a public facility is and should be available to the homeless. And yes, while it is not a "shelter," services should be provided for the homeless. Putting the homeless in another, separate area, as suggested is not only discrimination, but just plain wrong! "and it makes the library look and feel like a bus terminal, not a place where parents are comfortable sending their ...more »
This really needs to be its own category so people can address the purpose of the library, not just the purposes of defined areas.
What services should we be providing that benefit both our homeless patrons and other community members?
How can we reduce consumption of fossil fuels and other resources? How can we encourage DC community projects that promote sustainability?
What other comments would you like to make about the adult are and services?