"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works." - Steve Jobs
Whether it's reimagining a computer or a library, people strive for the trifecta of good design: comfort, beauty and function. As part of the Golden Library Remodel, we are redefining our spaces for maximum impact and to provide patrons of all ages with an area of the library that fits them just right. To that end, our design concept includes zones for different purposes:
Quick – holds, self-checks, high interest material and a service point that can be seen from the entrance.
Collaborative – flex space that supports collaborative work, a teen area, and a group study room.
Busy – high interest material, a multi-purpose meeting room that can accommodate large and small groups, and a children’s room with a more open entry way and a literacy playscape.
Communal – seating areas spread throughout the building, computers and a business center with fax/copy/print/scan capabilities
We expect to have a final design, including a floor plan and carpet, furniture and fixture selections by mid-August. I’m excited about how the plan is coming together and can't wait to share the final design with the community.
Once the design is in place, the Library expects to begin construction sometime between October and November. In the meantime, watch for updates and further details at jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.
It's not too late to participate in the Golden Library remodel. We'll continue to use suggestions from the community to shape the direction of the design. Stay informed during the remodel by checking jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel and by dropping questions into the comment box inside the Golden Library.
We are fortunate to have many people from the community provide input into the remodel. From May 19 through June 9 Golden residents shared their ideas at community meetings and through online and paper surveys. During those conversations a few common themes emerged:
Residents use the library to
Borrow material, especially movies and books.
Use the children's area and material.
Pick up holds.
Attend storytimes and other programs.
They like and value
The community feel of the library.
Quiet spaces for studying.
They hope to see
More comfortable seating.
Views and light.
A redesigned children's area.
An open feel.
Spaces for groups, both big and small, to meet.
You may be asking yourself "How is the library using all of this rich input?" These ideas were distilled into a preliminary floor plan and design concepts previewed at the June 6 community meeting. Elements of the preliminary design included:
Quiet room and group study room for quiet spaces.
More seating that is spread throughout the building.
Concentrate seating around windows and natural light.
The possibility of a multi-purpose meeting room that can accommodate large and small groups; including children's groups.
Lower shelves for an open feel.
Keep your ideas flowing and stop by the Golden Library to let us know what questions you have about the remodel.
Share Your Thoughts on Golden Remodel Design Details
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 14:27
A couple weeks ago, you (127 of you to be exact!) shared your thoughts on the library services you valued most, and what the dream library would provide. You provided a virtual treasure trove of input and that was just the first step on the journey to a new Golden Library.
Step two –join us from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the library to weigh in on the design details of the remodel. You will see conceptual designs, potential color schemes and possible furniture options. Let us know what you like best and what you feel best represents your community. If you can’t make it to this presentation, the designs will be on display in the library through Monday, June 9 for you to look at and share your input.
Everyone is welcome to attend – we look forward to seeing you there!
Missed out on the Open House at the Golden Library regarding our upcoming remodel, but still want to share your thoughts? Not to worry, you still have a chance to give your input on what'd you'd like to see from us...and what you don't want to see. We're looking to the community to tell us about the library services you value, and to help define the look and feel of the remodel design.
You can still take our survey through the City's Golden Vision Community Forum. You'll need to create an account, but it's as easy as 1-2-3. This networking tool will give you the opportunity to weigh in on the Golden Library Remodel, as well as other community projects, and to hear what others are thinking.
Thanks for your input - we're excited to see what the community has to say! We will be hosting a design feedback session from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, June 6 to get your thoughts on design options.
You have the opportunity to tell your local library exactly what you want and need from them. What do you say? Well, if you're a Golden resident or user of the Golden Library, you will have this opportunity.
We're looking for your help to come up with the new layout and design for the Golden Library at an open house from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, May 19 at the Golden Library.
You'll have the chance provide input on the library services you’d like to see, help to define the look and feel of the remodel design, and learn more about the project plans and timeline. This will be accomplished through a number of interactive stations set up to solicit feedback on key project elements. You'll also have the chance to complete an online survey on the proposed remodel.
This is the first step in the remodel process. We hope to share preliminary design plans for the Golden library remodel in June, finalize plans in July, begin construction in August and complete the remodel by the end of the year.
Freshening up your appearance, approach and attitude can make a world of difference in the way you feel and in the way you interact with others. Apply the same type of thinking to an organization and it can improve the way it provides services and meets the needs of its customers. This is exactly what will be happening to the Golden Library this year.
We're excited to announce that we will be working with the City of Golden to do a major remodel of the Golden Library! The library will be updated to reflect a new vision for library service, which we shared with you last year.
Here are some quick highlights of our new model for library service:
Enhanced alignment of library materials, programs and services to address the interests and needs of the Golden community;
Expert staff, trained to help patrons navigate the increasingly complex world of information and technology;
Dynamic programming that creates engaging and impactful patron experiences;
Enhanced access to evolving technologies and digital resources;
Increased emphasis on community partnerships, outreach and outcomes; and
Updates to the Golden Library to enhance the library experience.
The Golden Library will be the first JCPL location to fully reflect this new service model.
Have some ideas you'd like to share? You will have plenty of opportunities to be a part of this process, including:
May 19 Open House: There will be an open house to solicit resident feedback on the proposed remodel from 4-7 p.m. at the Golden Library.
May 22 City Council meeting: Library executives will present an overview of the new service model. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
There will also be an opportunity for residents to review and comment on design recommendations in June.