Thursday, August 30, 2012

Library Circulation Desk

The History of the Scranton Public Library collection in the Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives contains this photo of a the library's main Circulation Desk. It is undated, but we believe it dates from the first half of the 20th Century. Unlike today this area was enclosed and separated from the foyer and the rest of the Main Floor by two glass paritions. Obviously, there are no computers in this photo. Everything was manual. The window facing the camera was removed in the early 1990s to install a handicapped access door and ramp. The ramp is currently being replaced by an elevator which, for the first time in the library's history, will give patrons with limited mobility access to the 2nd Floor Reference and Periodical Rooms.

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