Friday, October 10, 2008

New Northside Public Library Branch

Academic libraries and public libraries can have a lot in common. The brand-new Northside Branch of the Lexington Public Library system is an example of a user-friendly space that reminded me in some ways of our Information Commons here at UK.

From the big, bright sprightly sign out front to the cafe inside to the long outside reading area, the whole space was inviting. Good job, LPL.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hong Kong Central Library

My husband and I had a fantastic week in Hong Kong for our honeymoon in September. It was a great time, and we both took tons of photos.

When I first spotted the Hong Kong Central Library from a distance, I wondered what that strange-looking building was. However, once we were inside I found it was a very nice space. (Photos were not allowed, so you will have to take my word for it.) The photo of the gold plaque is a braille sign. There were also raised tiles on the floor for sight-impaired guidance.

The central area was very open, which reminded me a little of the Central branch of the Lexington Public Library. I always find myself surprised at how much libraries are really quite similar, no matter where you are in the world.