Visit the Library… at the Rec Center!
New “Outpost Library” brings library materials and services to the Rec Center twice a week
The next time you head to the rock wall or take a jog around the indoor track, you might also check out a DVD for family movie night or sign the kids up for the Library’s summer reading program. Officially beginning today, the Library’s new “Outpost Library” at the Longmont Recreation Center at 310 Quail Road will allow busy adults and families to apply for library cards, check out books and DVDs, sign up for the summer reading program, and return materials – all at without a visit to the Library’s main building. In a recent online “flash survey” conducted by the Library, more than 25% of respondents suggested that they would be more likely to use library services if they could get materials while doing other things, like shopping, working out, or running errands. More than 2/3 of respondents said they were “interested” or “very interested” in the concept of an Outpost Library as an alternative means of delivering library services and materials. With this information in hand, the Library and Recreation Services Department came together to pilot a small Outpost Library at the Rec Center during the spring. Staff tried various hours, materials, and staffing configurations before settling on the current schedule of Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm. The Outpost Library is presently scheduled to be operational until August 16, at which time the project will be re-evaluated for renewal. So the next time you’re at the Rec Center for a swim and a sauna, don’t forget to pick up a book for that upcoming summer vacation!