There is still much to be done, but the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library is on schedule to open May 22.
Workers are putting the final touches on the inside of the 35,000-square-foot structure. That includes moving about 150,000 books, magazines, DVDs and other materials into the building at 5600 NW 122.
Library manager Julie Ballou said the Metro Library System began buying materials in 2006 in anticipation of the library's opening.
Since then, those items have been stored in boxes at various locations in the library system.
Problem is, none of those books were sorted into categories. That would have been a time-consuming effort if not for a machine at the system's service center that scans the bar codes of each book when it is moved through a sorter, sending the book to bins divided up by category.
“This helps us streamline the process,” Ballou said.
Once the books are sorted at the service center, they are taken to the location and shelved, which is a challenge in itself.
While the library has plenty of shelf space, shelving books in an empty library can be a challenge.
“It can be very difficult to shelve in a library with nothing on the shelf,” she said. “It takes time to figure out where an item has to go, but it does get easier as you start filling the shelves up.”
Ballou said this move is a bit trickier than the Downtown Library move.