Oklahoma Cityresidents will soon be enjoying a new library when the 35,000 square foot Patience S. Latting Northwest Library opens its doors in May. The newest addition to the library system will be located at 5600 NW 122, Oklahoma City.
Despite construction delays during the past few months, the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library is near completion and all that remains is the organization of the interior. According to library manager, Julie Ballou, a lot of people are already expecting the library to open due to its completed exterior, but weather issues have unfortunately been the cause of two delays. Initially, the library was slated to open in Fall 2011, but it was delayed until March of this year and then was pushed back further to May.
Although patience has been tested at times during construction, all of the waiting will be worth it. Kim Terry, Director of Metro Library System, said that there will be new features in the library that people cannot find in other branches. The new library will be equipped with an automated return system that allows borrowers to simply put their books in a slot, where they will be automatically sorted and returned. There will also be four self-checkout stations in the library for added convenience to borrowers. In addition, the new library will also include a reading room for children that can also be converted to a safe room and ample space to house 40 public computers. Shelves will be able to hold at least 150,000 books plus other materials.