NoBo Corner Library FAQ
How did the City choose this location for library services?
In early 2013, Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) staff approached the Library director and the Library Commission with an idea to offer library services in a vacant storefront in the WestView Apartments, that BHP owns at the corner of Yarmouth and north Broadway. Through a survey, residents of WestView Apartments had identified library services as a highly desired use of this space.
Since then, Boulder Public Library (BPL) staff have been working to determine what services and hours could be offered at the 570-square-foot storefront, the NoBo Corner Library. Explore a 3D Panorama of the new space.
What are the operating hours for the NoBo Corner Library?
Starting March 31, the NoBo Corner Library will be open:
- Monday–Tuesday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Wednesday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
- Thursday & Friday: CLOSED
- Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Sunday: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Once the library is open, where will parking be located?
On-street parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A shared parking lot for the "Uptown" retail and residential area is on the SE corner of Yarmouth and Broadway. The best way to get to the NoBo Corner Library will be by bus, bike, or on foot.
Will story times or other programs be offered at the NoBo Corner Library?
At this time, the NoBo Corner Library is able to offer the following services: materials return and holds pick-up, public access computers and WiFi, and popular materials.
The library's service model is designed to meet the immediate and targeted library needs of the north Boulder community. Once the NoBo Corner Library has been open for a few months, staff will determine if additional programs or services may be offered.
Is this corner library a precursor to a full service North Boulder library in the future?
Several approaches for library services in north Boulder have been examined by the city over the years, and the corner library model garnered City Council support and funding approval for 2014. BHP's generous offer to partner with BPL to provide this important and highly desired community service was a realistic way to offer library services to north Boulder. The corner library model is practical considering the current economic environment. Offering a full service, larger facility library is not under consideration at this time and no ongoing operational funding has been identified for a full-service North Boulder Branch Library.
Considering its proximity to the Boulder Homeless Shelter, how will the staff at the NoBo Corner Library deal with individuals who may be homeless or transient?
The Boulder Public Library facilities are open to all regardless of housing status. All library patrons are held to the same standards and conduct, and expected to adhere to the Library Rules of Conduct. The NoBo Corner Library will have the same Library Rules of Conduct as the other Boulder Public Library facilities. The NoBo Corner Library's limited space requires patrons to be very targeted, purposeful, and directed in their use of the library. The small space does not lend itself to "hanging out" or loitering. The public access computers will be subject to a time limit similar to those at the other Boulder Public Library facilities. Library staff will be on-site at all times to monitor and supervise use of the library space.
Will the NoBo Corner Library replace the Little Libraries initiative that has taken root in north Boulder?
The NoBo Little Libraries project will continue getting books into the hands of readers, and BPL will continue to support this project.
When will the NoBo Corner Library be open for business?
It is anticipated that this library facility will open for business in March 2014.