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Start small, aim big: Express Library, Mesa AZ

We just read with interest about a newly launched “Express Library” in Mesa Arizona: 2500 square feet, open three days a week, funded by impact fees from real estate developers. Less than 7% of the start-up costs were used to renovate the storefront—the rest was spent on materials. Ongoing operating costs will be covered by […]

We are not alone.

On Sept. 17, 2009, a temporary branch of the North Park Library was opened in a Kmart Plaza storefront in North Buffalo, NY. The library is 4000 sq. feet and includes a computer lab and children’s area. We appreciate how the planners created a timeline describing the steps they took in developing this project, including […]

Locating Libraries in Metro Stations, Stockholm.

Inauguration day of “T-Sture”, the new Metro Library at Stureplan, Stockholm from Åke Nygren. Here’s a glimpse of what appears to be the opening of a new library in a Metro Station in Stockholm. (Note the fresh flowers, cafe area, and acrobats.) We’ve been exploring the concept of “library outposts,” a term which we trace […]

Nate Hill—library outposts

The concept of a storefront library is not unique to this moment in Boston. There is a gentleman who has been thinking about library outposts for some time. Boston Street Lab is thrilled that Nate Hill, currently heading up the Greenpoint branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, has agreed to sign on as a Project Advisor to the […]