An Uncommon Library
Saturday, October 6th from 2 - 4pm
The Commons at Central
Marian the Librarian would be shocked. A newly designed space on the Central Library’s first floor offers a welcoming and flexible space for reading, laptop browsing, or small group conversations. (Yes, talking is allowed!) It’s called "
and is an exciting step towards improving the user experience of the Central Library.
The area where
is located had previously been underused, serving mainly as a corridor between stairs, elevator, service desk, and book stacks. Berkeley architecture and design firm Noll & Tam, working with a team of library staff, envisioned a user-friendly space with access to state-of-the-art technology. The space now features a wide array of
comfortable seating and table options, updated carpet, and new acoustical panels
that help to control the sound, allowing for zones of private study and social interaction. It also offers
a laptop lending kiosk and increased electrical outlets
for device charging. The result is a casual lounge that meets a variety of needs.
To introduce and welcome patrons to The Commons, the Library will hold an all-ages celebration on October 6, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm.
The event will include a block-building challenge for children, a concert by local performers of the musical collective Hoot, face painting, and a scavenger hunt with prizes for individuals and families.
Thank you Bayer Charitable Foundation and the many donors who made this new space possible!