I’ve been… it’s large, imposing, fantastic structure, seats are comforable, atmosphere is great. There are about 140+ computers for public to use – talk about a quite group of 130 people!!! They even have a card catalogue system still in addition to the on-line database! Approx 10,000 panes of glass… imagine all that cleaning – which I can tell you after going on a tour happens twice a year.
Chidren’s section is great, large, table and shelves are perfect for kids.
However…. what is really sad, and I mean really sad is that the building cost $163US million (no it is not the cost that is bad), all over the damn library are signs created on Microsoft Word stuck on walls with blue tape. I am not joking, I am totally serious. When we can add pictures I will show you. All over the building you see signs that tell you what things are, and not to mention “Staff only”. The major signs are great – as they are incorporated into the building and the areas however the other directive signs are non-existant. You will be lucky to attempt to find the area you want unless you know where the location is or you have a map. The person who took the tour did not want to go into the sign issue much – although apparently there is a signage committee attempting to work on this issue. Sounds like something was forgotten in the planning.
I will add more later… when I have time. Currently I’m standing using the computer in the hotel lobby.