Bibliotheque Gabrielle Roy
This building was opened in 1983 and saw 800,000
visits last year. It is named for a Canadian female writer. The
library is a part of a network of 25 libraries. They automated on a
Sirsi Unicorn system in Aug of 2005 and are also connected with the
Laval University, which is also a Sirsi Unicorn library.
The welcome center is where people check out and
return their materials. The library has a 283-seat auditorium that
will be demolished this summer and rebuilt along with a new parking
structure. Just past the welcome center is an area of the library
where journals and newspapers can be read and some computer access is
available. It is open at 9 am for early users, while the remainder of
the library opens at 10 AM.
The library reminded me of the Lincoln Library in
Springfield with a large open atrium area in the center with a
fountain and sculpture and a hanging sculpture titled Golden Rain.
“Sculpture of a child reading.”
A hanging sculpture titled Golden Rain
“This picture does not do the sculpture justice.”
The first floor is the periodical center and the children’s area.
The children’s area has a small theater-type room where they can hold
films and other programming for children. There are several
computers with headphones for them to use.
“Children’s Desk See the bright colors red,
yellow and blue.”
“ Door to programming room title “petite scène”.
The white clouds have many little ceramic birds hanging from
The second floor is reference and non-fiction
materials plus the art collection. CD’s, fiction videos and art works
can be borrowed for a fee; all other materials are free. They had a
14-page guide to how to use the online catalog with screen shots by
each public access computer. The videos and audio books on
non-fiction topics are intershelved with the nonfiction books.
As with any good library they have brochures for
programs, hours of all the libraries in the system, and the fee
schedule. There were bookmarks for fiction genres including
“Policier, Historique, Amour, Erotisme, and Merveilleux.” There was a
bookmark highlighting Quebec authors and one “Vous Aimez Lire (If you
like) Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt Suggestions de Lecture” (suggestions for
reading). They were all in French of course.
“The Art collection and can be checked out."
“Signage for the library”
“A table in the reference area.”
The public access computers that the public can
use for internet access, word processing, etc. can be used 2 hours per
week and are tied to the patron’s library card that they scan
themselves to gain computer access. The computers are not filtered.
There is a strict code and the computers are situated so that they can
be viewed by the staff. If someone is found viewing inappropriate
materials, they are stopped and forfeit their computer time. The
computers in the children’s area are filtered.
There is a computer lab where people can learn
how to use various software and they can work on homework etc. Papers
or information from the Internet can be printed for a fee. A language
lab is available where patrons can learn or practice speaking 33
The public computers are housed on the third
floor where there is also an extensive audiovisual area. The library
has TVs and listening stations are set up. Patrons can select a video
or CD and take it to the audiovisual department. They assign you a
station, give you a pair of headsets and play the video for you to
watch right in the library. A person can view one video per day.
We were not able to see tech services as they
were just moved to a building two blocks from the library. They are
just finishing up the process of merging eight separate technical
services departments into one—a task that has been daunting. One
challenge is to work out how to purchase materials more efficiently
with one specialist in a particular area buying for the entire library
RPLS Executive Director