The goal of the 21st Century Library is to provide exactly what you need, in the format you desire, at the very moment it will benefit you most. At PPLD this means focusing on convenience and consistency, and harnessing technology to provide superior services for the entire community.
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.
Construction on new library spaces and redeveloped areas in existing libraries will use Integrated Design Process (IDP). This process, which is a collaboration between architect, contractor, and client, allows the end user - library patrons and staff - to take a more active role than in traditional construction scenarios. IDP is carried out in
a spirit of cooperation among key stakeholders, resulting in spaces and facilities that are highly efficient and functional. Construction costs are also curtailed as fewer changes are required throughout the process.
There are any ways you can become involved in planning for the 21st Century Library. Things to watch for include:
This ambitious project will require public and private support. Fund raising is already underway to underwrite our exciting redefinition of the library at the heart of the 21st century community. PPLD's planning process will offer everyone an opportunity to invest in the future of the Pikes Peak region.
Pikes Peak Library District
P.O. Box 1579
Colorado Springs, CO 80901