Results of Library Needs Assessment Announced

NORFOLK - The Norfolk Public Library serves the community adequately, but is unable to provide optimum services because of the 36-year-old building’s outdated features.  That was the conclusion of a Needs Assessment Study, by the Omaha architectural firm, Alley Poyner Macchietto.  The city of Norfolk contracted the firm to conduct the study.  Norfolk Librarian Jessica Chamberlain says the current Norfolk Public Library was built in 1977 when most library patrons used the library to read and study.  Chamberlain says some of today’s library users still need quiet areas to read and study, while others need space to collaborate with colleagues.  She says under the current setup, library workers have trouble accommodating both groups.  A City Council subcommittee is looking over study’s results, as well as surveys from nearly400 library users.