Sunday, May 8, 2011

Ebooks, Netflix, and Library Building Projects (Part 21 :Burnhaven Library)

Burnhaven Library's back in business. (Star-Tribune, 5/8/2011)

Excerpt: With a revamped layout, larger computer lab and streamlined checkout and drop-off services, the Burnhaven Library reopens Monday after eight months of remodeling.

When patrons walk through the front doors of the "new" Burnhaven Library, reopening Monday after eight months of remodeling, they will find themselves in a larger lobby looking at an entirely new layout.

"It's logical," said library manager Nancy Wisser. "The public will find out how easy it is to find things. It will be an easy, pleasant experience."

Some of the new features include a new license center -- offering everything from vehicle registration to birth certificates and fishing licenses -- plus a greatly expanded computer lab and a teen area. The library also will have a drive-up return window and an updated system for checking out and returning books.

The $1.9 million renovation to the metro area's third-largest library was its first in 15 years and the second since the library was built in 1974.

No temporary library was set up in its place during construction, so Burnhaven users had to travel to other nearby libraries, such as Apple Valley's and Eagan's

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