CROWN POINT | An average of about 800 people a day are visiting the new Crown Point Community Library since its October opening, Director Lynn Frank said.
The number tops average daily patronage at the library's former home in a smaller building, which saw between 500 and 600 visitors a day, Frank said.
The $12 million, 46,750-square-foot library opened for business in the 100 block of North Main Street, replacing the library at 214. S. Court St.
Library staff and patrons are still settling into the roomier digs.
"You have to be in a new building for a year before you really figure it out," Frank said.
A large, second-floor children's area is proving popular, so much so that library staff is looking at how to arrange scheduling to accommodate heavily attended programs.
"Some of the story time programs have gotten a little large," she said.
A welcome surprise was the public's embrace of a quiet area built into the library first floor overlooking a streetscape on busy Main Street, Frank said.
"When the building was planned, there were questions about whether people would use our quiet rooms," including one on the second floor, Frank said.
People use the rooms for quiet study or computer work, Frank said.
"They're being used the way we had hoped," she said.
An occupant is still being sought for the Carnegie Center, the vintage 1908 building that originally housed the library, Frank said.
The Carnegie Center and a 1972 annex that housed the library until its move in October both are vacant.