Patch recently paid a visit to the new main branch of the Westwood Public Library that is currently still being constructed. Most of the library materials have already been moved. The new building is 32,000 Sq. Ft., while the old building was only 18,000 Sq. Ft. It is expected to open some time early next year.
The library has about 75,000 volumes, as well as 15,000 audiovisual materials. Approximately 120,000 people visit the library each year, although statistically, according to Library Director Tom Viti, that number usually increases by 20-25% when a new building opens.
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Some of the new things the new library will offer are Wi-Fi throughout the building, a larger meeting room where the library will hold their own events, as well as be a place where other organizations can meet, a gallery area with local art on display, self checkout and RFID, which is sort of like a barcode, but the scanner doesn't have to scan the actual spot; rather, the book only needs to be placed on the scanner area.
Take a look at the photos to see what the library looks like right now.