People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Wandering Librarian: Bishop Branch Library

This spring, my wanderings brought me to the great outdoors of the Sierra Mountains and the city of Bishop, California. Between hikes I popped into the Bishop Library, a branch of the Inyo County Public Free Library system.

My first impression was books! books! books! This was no modern, slick library with its ‘info commons’ and 3D printers taking the place of books. The shelves were packed, even cramped with books. My initial excitement waned when closer inspection showed the books to be old. While it was disconcerting to see outdated reference books, seeing old children’s books from my childhood was actually fun. Some of these children’s books I’m almost certain are out of print so it was fun to read these treasures to my kids.

Despite the lack of newer, jazzier technology, the Bishop branch does provide 7 public PC’s, a new printer and a copy machine.

While obviously not as impressive as some of the large, urban or foreign libraries I’ve wandered to, the Bishop Library provides the minimum yet important requirements for the public; access to information in whatever form and a place to sit and relax.

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