NORMAN — The Pioneer Library System has approved a design for a westside branch library in Norman at the former Borders bookstore building. It features an open floor plan with computer stations and casual seating, a children's space and a coffee bar.
The building at 300 Center Court will have a redesigned entry, a 24-hour automated library and movie box outside and decorative outdoor lighting, Executive Director Anne Masters said.
Masters discussed the design developed by Kaighn Associates during a recent Norman City Council study session.
Library officials hope to have the branch library up and running by the fall of 2013, Masters said.
The Pioneer Library System will continue with plans to install an automated dispensing machine at Irving Middle School on Vicksburg Drive, south of Alameda Street, to provide 24-hour library services for eastside residents, she said.
The new branch will feature a collection of 21,428 items, said Lisa Wells, assistant director for library services. Included will be 18,828 books and audio CDs, 2,200 movies and 400 books assigned to the outdoor automated library, she said.
“We want to continually remind customers that we have a main library to serve more in-depth needs,” Wells said.