LIBRARY: Betty Rodriguez Library | Fresno, CA | Built
The Fresno County Public Library system recently acquired a vacant grocery store to serve as the new home for the Betty Rodriguez Library. The new library will replace an older undersized library that has occupied space in a strip mall for decades and will feature a Children’s Collection, Teen Collection, Adult Collection, Community Meeting Room, Study Rooms and a Quiet Reading Room. One of the unique features of the new library will be the “Imagination Space” which will provide a place for patrons to work on various creative projects, 3D print, design or build whatever is of interest to them. This technology-rich library will provide computers and attract the entire cross-section of the neighborhood that the library will serve. The new building of approximately 15,000 will provide over twice the area of the current library and will feature two large murals that will animate the large volume. Contemporary libraries are no longer just for books and no longer are hushed for quite reading only. The Betty Rodriguez Library will become a gathering place for the neighborhood and provide technology and services that will encourage life-long learning for the residents of the neighborhood for many years to come.