PITTSBURG — When people walk into the Pittsburg Public Library some things may not appear the same.
Once the lobby doors are opened, people will wonder, where did the circulation desk go, and what is that screen for?
It will quickly become obvious as they scan across the room and notice a new circulation desk.
The previous circulation desk was in “sorry shape” held together with duct tape, PPL Assistant Director AnnDee Peterson said.
Peterson said the library was in need of a new desk, so they spoke to a safety expert from the city to look at the lobby.
It was decided that the new circulation desk should be in a place where the assistants can see all the patrons, unlike before where there was a wall and walkway behind the desk.
Dave Barnes of Barnes Millwork in Pittsburg created the new desk, which showcases the historic architecture of the library.
In its place are DVDs and another new tool — a self-check machine.
Peterson said the machine is not meant to replace any of the library staff, but to give patrons an option for checking out books.
“Sometimes the desk can be busy, and you’re busy and would like to get out,” she said.
In addition to quick service, it also allows for people who may feel uncomfortable with others seeing the book they are checking out, including people with anxiety disorders, Peterson said. For example, some patrons may rent a health book and wish to bypass the front desk.
The self-check machine works by using a scanner to scan the patrons library card. After typing in their personal four-digit code, they can then scan their book.
Patrons will also have access of their account through the machine.
The desk and self-check machine were made possible by a donation from the estate of Bruce Yoshiko Daniel.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.