One of the trends we’ve noticed here at Hedberg Public Library is the need for collaborative space—a place where groups, both big and small, can come together to share new ideas and discuss old ones. When I arrived in 2006, the library had one small group study room; we now have four. When I venture upstairs, I find all four of those rooms are in use. From students to tutors, local agencies to community groups, many need a place to meet. The library is often the first space they consider.

As we continue to “build community,” getting together with others to share our knowledge and learn from each other, there will be a growing need for space that accommodates collaboration. This is one reason we plan to add more flexible, multifunctional spaces here at the library. Adding technology to some of these rooms will also be helpful because some users prefer smartboards to whiteboards. Having multiple spaces to accommodate the community will allow us to say “yes” more often when we want to schedule a meeting or program, rather than having to hesitate based on availability.

The library is a great community asset, and as we improve on our facility, we will be able to do even more to become your place of origin for ideas and shared experiences.


Library director

Hedberg Public Library

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