Library Reform Group

June 9, 2009

Looking for Office Space

Filed under: 1 — Patricia @ 8:46 pm

Dear library advocates,

One issue that still needs to be addressed before PCL can assume operation of the PPL neighborhood libraries on July 1 has to do with office space. While we eventually plan to renovate the second floor of Washington Park Library for our administrative and Tech Services offices, we need to house these operations for the next six to twelve months in temporary spaces until we can prepare the second floor of Washington Park for occupancy. We have found room within the existing branch library system for our temporary administrative offices, but we are still looking for temporary space suitable for Technical Services.

The Technical Services staff processes new books and other materials–and repairs damaged books, DVDs, and CDs. Heavy cartons of books are delivered by library suppliers and must be carried from delivery trucks to the Tech Services workspace. Once the library materials are processed, they must be carried out to the PCL van and distributed to the various neighborhood libraries.

We are looking for space that meets the following requirements:

* located in Providence
* has workspace easily accessible from a street-level delivery space (a second-floor space is fine–IF there is an elevator)
* can be securely locked
* has adequate lighting
* has wiring that will support computer use without the need for extensive cabling or sharing of computer drops
* is at least 600 square feet in dimension
* is climate-controlled, preferably with air conditioning

On top of all these requirements, we are looking for a space that will be relatively inexpensive to rent. We are hoping that someone who hasn’t managed to rent their office space, given the sluggish real estate market, would be willing to do a civic good deed for a few months and then have the building back again to rent at full market value once the economy starts to revive.

Please let me know if you can suggest any buildings that might fit our needs.

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