The City of North Royalton, Ohio recently celebrated the opening of their new 30,000 square-foot library. The facility is a branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library and arguably the system’s most modern, by several measures. Many of the library’s features allow for flexible use: a retractable divider can be closed to allow use of many public computers in a classroom setting or opened to allow free access; at least two of the meeting rooms allow for similar division or union depending upon the need. Throughout the public space “coffee” tables, full-height tables, and a counter in a snack area offer hidden electrical outlets for personal electronics. Of course, there is high-speed Wi-Fi access throughout. Overall, the feeling of the place is one of openness and light – a generous translucent skylight provides soft daylight and a bank of windows along the building’s eastern wall faces a line of evergreen trees. All-in-all a most impressive new facility and a great asset to the city. I’m hoping to get permission soon to visit and photograph the facility’s interiors out of professional interests!