Zoning in on Your New Second Floor: Meeting Rooms and Teen Space Open!
The renovation of our Second Floor has transformed this space into zones for a variety of different activities. Stop by and see the changes!
Mount Prospect Public Library patrons have been asking for more space to study, meet, or work. Now, with Second-floor renovations complete, there are now more rooms and more options for individuals and groups.
Seven study/meeting rooms are now open on the east side of the building. Along with two existing rooms that accommodate small groups, two more of the same size have been constructed in the former periodicals area. That area, now the East Reading Room, contains study carrels with outlets, lounge chairs, and a sofa.
In addition, three two- to three-person study rooms are now located where the circulating art prints were. Circulating art can now be found in the Fiction area.
Two conference rooms are now available on the west side of the second floor next to the Teen Space. One room features a large table and a screen to allow groups to access the Internet. The other room is great for small groups. Both rooms are adjacent to a new café vending area.
To access any of these rooms, stop at the Research desk on the Second Floor.
Teens: This is your new Space! The Mount Prospect Public Library invites you to the Teen Space on the Second Floor to study or take a break from studying, play games or create something, lounge with a book, listen to music, or gather with friends and make new ones. The Teen Space is open during regular Library hours for 6th through 12th graders.
Features of the Teen Space include:
- Six computers
- Three tables
- Lounge furniture
- Tabletop games and crafting supplies
- Gaming devices, including PS4, Xbox 360, and Wii (available later in January)
All teen materials are now located outside the Teen Space. Ask at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk for controllers for the gaming consoles. Look for programs in the Teen Space later this winter.
These areas join the café vending area and computer areas zoned for quiet and moderate noise.
We are Responding to You!
These upgrades come after listening to patrons and observing how they use the Second Floor. Not only have you told staff what you would like to see, but in 2014 we conducted a brief survey of patrons, asking what they liked about the Second Floor.
We know you have been asking for more meeting space as well as areas that can accommodate a range of activities. We also know that teens need their own space, but that they come to the Library to use other services, as well.
What has not changed? The Second Floor is still be bright, open, cheerful, and welcoming. Our staff will always be available on multiple service desks. And our mission of bringing you the services and collections you need will always remain.
The work on the Second Floor, part of the Library’s Strategic Plan, is projected to cost a total of $800,000. Funds are coming from money the Library Board set aside in the Capital Improvement fund.
Check online for updated information and construction photos.