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June 16, 2014


What you don't mention, and is not mentioned in Breakfast on Bikes, is use and accessibility.

Our library is one of the most used per capita of any library in the nation. It is busy; I've been there waiting for it to open and have counted twenty or thirty people waiting for the doors to open.

Parking downtown is extremely expensive if you have to plug a meter. People go to the library with no particular time limit in mind. Many spend a good portion of their day there. I certainly do when I'm spending hours on microfilm or writing.

The parking structure is close to hand and the meters charge a reduced rate, which encourages use.

I agree with you that "concrete bunker" has negative connotations, which are intended to make the reader think negatively about the library. You cannot call it a bunker once you enter. It is a friendly place that encourages you to do what a library is intended to accomplish - and it does it well.

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