PPLD Facilities Officer Gary Syling discusses the next phase of our Tri-Building Project: East Library!
PPLD is bringing the latest technology, best practices, and green thinking to its spaces to make them work better for you. Every aspect of service and all potential types of public use are being considered in developing the library of the future. From traditional library space to venues for community interaction, business centers, and creative hubs, PPLD facilities will embrace both convenience and customer service solutions to ensure that everyone in the community benefits from their investment in library service. With all of this planning, you WILL be amazed by the usefulness and sustainability of the 21st Century Library.
It is our goal to provide you with exactly what you are seeking, precisely when you need it, in the format that suits you best. This requires thoughtful evaluation of patron needs, emerging technologies, and limited funding. PPLD strives to be responsive to the community by continually updating and expanding the materials it offers and the manner in which they are delivered. You will see this reflected in both traditional materials and downloadable offerings on our CyberShelf. Books, audiobooks, music, film, and reference databases are all accessible in a myriad of ways for all types of library users. Add experiential learning and opportunities for patrons to create new content and you have the recipe for a 21st Century Library.
Much of what PPLD accomplishes in the community is only possible through strategic partnerships and cooperative planning with other entities. Employment resources, early literacy initiatives, educational programs, and cultural events are all undertaken in collaboration with local and regional organizations so PPLD can leverage its resources and provide the best library experience possible to the broadest number of people. PPLD and its partners share a mission to build community and enrich lives.
Borrowing of materials at PPLD has increased roughly 50% in the last decade. In each of the past three years PPLD counted nearly 9 million items borrowed and 3.6 million patron visits.
The expanding need for library service, an increasing population base, and the advent of new technologies require that PPLD grow in order to maintain the level of service our community expects, and more importantly, needs.
PPLD’s Tri-Building Project encompasses renovations to three of our locations: Penrose Library, East Library, and our Library 21c at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. Specific changes coming to Penrose Library include an improved teen area, more meeting rooms, and more space for community collaboration. Improvements at East Library will include expanded homework and homeschool services and opening up the entire second floor for use as public space.
Library 21c features content creation areas for creative professionals, business incubation and hoteling space for businesses and nonprofits, enhanced areas for job seekers to find career assistance, and much more!
Moving into renovation of East and Penrose Libraries offers PPLD its first opportunity to extend both the elements of 21st Century Service as well as the identity. Inside our two main facilities we will incorporate the appropriate models of new service, such as maker spaces, family place libraries, business hubs, or co-working areas.
Community Libraries are also slated to undergo 21st Century Library service and space improvements in Phase III of the initiative. They will likewise have audience specific new areas. These will be developed with input from the public and staff, as well as through the use of data related to user behaviors and trends.
Finally, MacLaren Hall, known to many as the Knights of Columbus Building in the Penrose Library Complex, will undergo a restoration and updating process that will result in a beautiful and dynamic space for exhibition and creative endeavors.
Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) PPLD is the second largest library district in Colorado. Established in 1903, PPLD serves the 620,000 residents in El Paso County providing 790 hours of library service a week across 2,090 square miles. PPLD's fifteen facilities, online resources, and mobile library service provide access to materials, technology, spaces, and programs that are critical to the public, making it a vital force for individual and community transformation. PPLD has an employee base of 448 full and part-time staff, and utilizes roughly 1,450 volunteers.
Program attendance topped 360,000 in 2013 with library meeting rooms used nearly 10,000 times by community groups. On average, PPLD checks out 24,800 items each day, with an annual circulation of 8.8 million. More than 3.5 million people walk into our libraries every year.
PPLD is its own taxing authority with 87% of revenues generated from property taxes.
Comparing PPLD to other districts of the Colorado Front Range:
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