CROWN POINT | A first-floor quiet room turned out to be an in-demand spot in a one-year-old, three-story Crown Point Community Library teeming with activity in other areas.
The room's popularity pleased library officials, still adapting to the library's move a year ago into space twice the size of its previous home.
"The quiet room is in use all the time, which is kind of a surprise," library director Lynn Frank said. "It's a good place to set up a computer and work and not have interruptions."
Not surprising was demand for meeting rooms available for public use, something the library's previous location couldn't accommodate, Frank said.
"We had expected them to be used," Frank said of the rooms, based on public input into the new library's design.
The $12 million, 46,750-square-foot building occupying nearly a half block in the 100 block of North Main Street opened Oct. 22, 2012, replacing a smaller library at 214. S. Court St. that closed after 40 years.
Patronage in the new library has leveled after peaking at more than 800 a day early on, Frank said. The number stood at an average 691 per day so far this month, though numbers still spike on some days, she said.
Traffic into the building varies depending on the time of year, with August typically a slow month, Frank said.
Opening day a year ago saw patrons stream into the building at a rate of nearly 150 an hour, many curious to see the new library that was built over more than a year.
Adequate parking at the busy downtown site continues to be a challenge for the library, Frank said.
Parking for about 75 cars is available in lots built on the south and north sides of the building, but the lots aren't restricted to library patrons.
"Whenever you have a building in a downtown location, there are always concerns about parking," Frank said. "But we do have lots of walkers, which I think was one of the things we knew, being downtown, would benefit the community."
The former library at 214 S. Court St. and the library's original home, the Carnegie building at 223 S. Main St., are up for sale.