Editor's Note: Becky is one of our roaming librarians. She works at each of the Ask Here desks as needed. The variety of questions keeps her on her toes and that's one of her favorite things about working at ACPL.
Located on the first floor of ACPL's Main Library, Readers' Services is a book-lover's dream. The second largest department at the Main Library, we offer a mix of adult fiction and nonfiction.
While we're located somewhat in the middle of the library, our collection actually begins at the end of the main hallway near the Plaza entrance. Our Popular Library
paperback section is located directly across from Dunkin Donuts. This collection has earned its name -- it's definitely popular! Recently published paperbacks are arranged by genre for your browsing convenience. Adventure/Suspense, Based on the Movie, Classics, Horror, Inspirational Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Western -- we have something for everyone. There are even a couple of spinner racks dedicated to general nonfiction and true crime.
Also part of the Popular Library is New Adult Fiction
-- a great collection to visit when you're short on time! It's located next to the paperback section. Our newest adult fiction is highlighted here and typically calls this spot home for around two months before moving further down the hallway into Readers' Services.
Next to New Adult Fiction, and the final piece of our Popular Library, is our Magazine
collection. Approximately 278 magazine titles currently call this section home and are available to check out. Cooking, crafting, gardening, lifestyle, news -- we've got you covered. (We also have a Periodicals
collection within the department. Our Periodicals collection is a reference collection only -- it does not check out. Look for a future post going into more detail about these collections.)
I hope you brought a book bag or two with you, because now we're ready to enter Readers' Services, the department with 70 double-sided and 28 single-sided rows of books!
As you enter the department, you'll notice study rooms on the left and book displays on the right. The Ask Here
desk is straight ahead. Make sure you stop by sometime! While we're at work, the only thing we like more than looking up information (librarians tend to be curious folks), is talking about books. If you're looking for a new author to try, come by the desk. Tell us what authors/titles you've particularly enjoyed and we'll suggest a few others. We'd love to help you find your next great read!
Fiction is off to the left. If you love a good novel, you owe it to yourself to pay us a visit. We offer 24 double-sided rows of general fiction, 8 double-sided rows of Mysteries, and 10 sections of Science Fiction/Fantasy. Five double-sided rows of Large Print Fiction are on the north side of the department, behind the computers.
Winding your way through the stacks, you may pass by our Graphic Novel section and our World Languages section. The low shelves between our computers and our study tables house our Literacy Collection. The north side of our department offers a lovely view of Wayne Street. As does our Silent Reading Room, complete with comfy wingback chairs.
Our nonfiction collection begins in the northeast corner of the department, near the Silent Reading Room. We have 22 double-sided rows of regular nonfiction plus 18 sections of oversize nonfiction, which wrap around the east side of the department. Our nonfiction Large Print Collection currently occupies Row 13, just to the east of the Ask Here desk. Seven double-sided rows of Biographies are located next to the Silent Reading Room.
Our nonfiction collection includes popular topics such as Self Help, Religion, Education, Languages, Sports, Writing, Travel, and History.
While we cover several subjects within our department, Readers' Services is one of 6 specialized departments within the Main Library. Topics we may only touch aspects of will be more fully represented in either Art, Music & Media; Business, Science & Technology; Childrens'; Genealogy; or Teens. (Look for posts about each of those departments in the weeks to come).
Other popular features specific to our department include a TDD phone and a Videophone for our patrons with speech impairments. We also provide a scanner which can scan documents to either a USB drive or e-mail address -- there is no charge to use the scanner. Our study rooms may be reserved in advance.
Whew! I hope you enjoyed this "tour" of the department! If you did, and if you're interested in follow-up posts about specific features, please leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you!
Perhaps you'd like to contact the Readers' Services Department directly? We can be reached at 260-421-1235
Becky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files
by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library
by Genevieve Cogman.