Did You Know?
Jamestown Philomenian Library ranks second highest in visits per capita in Rhode Island
Jamestown Philomenian Library circulates more than 110,000 items each year.
Over 75% of Jamestown residents have a library card.
Jamestown Philomenian Library has the third highest circulation per capita in RI.
Jamestown Philomenian Library offers internet access for over 6,500 user-hours per year.
Each year 2,800 people take part in Adult programs at Jamestown Philomenian Library.
Jamestown Philomenian Library reached over 4,900 school kids last year.
Jamestown Philomenian Library's meeting rooms were reserved over 3,700 times last year.
Library visitation has increased every year: in 2009/10, there were just over 50,000 visitors, while in 2018/19, visits increased to over 85,000.
The small expansion of the building footprint will alleviate increasing demand on space and improve customer experience and service.
The additional space will create designated areas for each demographic group, for a more comfortable and safe library.
The current layout of the facility is inflexible, resulting in areas that are lacking in today’s patron needs or are no longer relevant: the open concept rooms and unobstructed high ceilings lead to increased noise levels; stacks that are too tall for children prevent them from effectively searching for their own books; and bleeding of staff and storage needs into public areas is both inefficient and unsafe.
Creating an interior that is zoned for each demographic will allow for respective groups to get the most out of their library experience. Accordingly, the Kids and T(w)eens section will be separated from the main library through structural additions and also include a Family Restroom, while the Adults will gain a quiet reading area at the opposite side of the building, creating a restful area separated from the main library by glass doors.
Restricted staff visibility in the current layout has developed into a safety concern for all demographic groups. The renovation creates sightlines to areas of the building currently hidden from view.
Due to the hours of operation and demand, the 1993 staff of 3 has grown to 5 full-time staff and 7 part-time staff, as well as several volunteers. Volunteers are allotted a hallway for book processing and mending, while the staff of 12 works in a limited area (apart from the Circulation Desk). This growth has also infringed on the public space, meaning the many “behind the scenes” tasks must be performed in areas originally allocated for public use.
The increase in demand of materials through the statewide delivery service, the handling of those materials, and the cataloging and processing of an increased number of new materials has invaded the current allocated public space. This intrusion into the public space by staff also lends itself to increased noise levels.
Meeting space is used by the many various Jamestown organizations and individuals for community collaboration, cultural enrichment and educational events.
Childhood literacy is at a peak during the age of technology. Story hours overflow the capacity of the current room and space.
Tweens and teens interact in a social setting at the library after school and throughout the summer, as well as using the library for educational purposes.
Seniors seek connection though programming, technology education, and volunteerism.
All programs are free and open to the public.