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Grand Opening Announced

An official opening date for our new library at 707 Vermont St. has been announced: July 26! Grand opening celebrations are currently in the works, so mark your calendars for the last Saturday of July to check out your new Lawrence Public Library!

Calling All Coffee Shops!

Our newly expanded and renovated library will have a coffee bar in our gorgeous new lobby. If you’re interested in serving coffee to our community in our new library, click on the link below to download the Request for Proposals. Responses are due on Friday, May 2.

Coffee Bar RFP

Space Specifications and Location

Storytime & Pop-Up Library in the Park

The library will be closed Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 2 to upgrade our barcode technology. Although our building will be closed, we will still want to serve your library needs! So – we’re coming to YOU! Bring your library card and family to our special storytimes and pop-up library in the park. We’ll bring a variety of books for all ages for anyone to check out from 6:00 to 8:30pm, and our children’s librarians will lead the special storytime starting at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, April 29
South Park Gazebo
Book Checkout: 6-8:30pm
Storytime: 7:00pm

Thursday, May 1
Watson Train Park Gazebo
Book Checkout: 6-8:30pm
Storytime: 7:00pm



Library to Close April 28-May 2

Starting April 28, the library will be closed for 5 days to upgrade our barcode technology on the more than 200,000 items in our collection. RFID tags, or radio frequency identification tags, will be programmed and placed on all of our materials. These sensors will then be able to interact with technology throughout our new building.

What does RFID mean?

RFID stands for radio frequency identification tags. They are used to identify and track items by using radio frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data between devices (i.e., between a book with an RFID tag and a security sensor).

How will this new technology impact me?

1. In our new building (coming summer 2014), our self check stations will have a cutout sensor area. You’ll be able to set a pile of books, movies and music in the sensor area, and rather than scanning each individual item, the machine will recognize the RFID-tagged materials and add them to your check out list. The process will be easier and faster than our current system.

2. When you return those same items, you’ll again be able to set a pile of materials on the conveyor belt of our new book sorter in the new building. Reading the RFID programmed information, the book sorter will read the tag and sort the item into the correct bin. Currently, this process is done by a team of staff. Because of this new technology, our staff hours can be used more efficiently to improve other aspects of the library and make the reshelving process easier!

3. Finally, the RFID tags will help cut down on the amount of lost and stolen items from the library. Security sensors at the exit will read the tags on any materials in your hands. If those items are not checked out, the security sensors will go off, reminding you to please check out the item before leaving. The new RFID system now offers the capability to identify which specific item set off the sensors.

Why does the library have to close? 

At LPL, we currently have more than 200,000 items in our collection. This includes books, movies, audiobooks, CDs and more. For each of these items, an RFID tag must be both programmed and placed on the material. It will take multiple teams of people working efficiently together to tag all of the items. Plus, it is easier to tag all of our materials at once than slowly phase in the new technology. Although we will continue to tag returned items for a few weeks after the closing, we hope to complete the majority of the project during this week.

Will I accrue fines during the closure?

No! Even if your books are scheduled to be due between April 28 and May 2, fines will not be accrued during this period. However, you can still return your books at any of our drop off locations, including the drop box outside of the library at 700 New Hampshire St.

What should I do while the library is closed?

Lawrence is a vibrant, active town with activities and programs happening all year! Spring is an especially beautiful time in Lawrence. If you have kids, try looking at the Lawrence Kids Calendar to see what’s going on. If you’re a teen, Boys & Girls Club is a great and safe place to hang out. Avid reader? Our ebooks are still available online 24/7! Just bored? Grab dinner or a beer at one of our local restaurants or bars. We love 715, Free State Brewing, Pachamama’s, The Burger Stand, and more. Coffee shops are a great place to read – check out La Prima Tazza, Java Break, The Bourgeois Pig, or Henry’s. If you have some extra cash (from not having to pay your library fines this week!), head over and watch a movie at Liberty Hall, or stop by Arizona Trading Company or Wildman Vintage to pick out a new outfit. Made on Mass has great local items, and The Raven Bookstore or The Dusty Bookshelf are stocked with books! Pick one out, find a cozy place to read, and get to it. We’ll miss you, but we’re sure our business friends around town can keep you company for the week.