Since 1882, the Batavia Public Library has operated in six different downtown locations. In 2002, when the library moved to its present location, Batavians gathered downtown and formed a human chain between the previous library and the present one. Books were handed off from one person to the next to symbolize a library for and of the community.
Today, the 54,000-square-foot library has a collection of more than 215,000 items – books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, magazines, Nooks and more – available for checkout. Special programming for adults, teens and children is available throughout the year.
Batavians can obtain a library card by presenting a photo ID and proof of residency at the checkout desk. For those who are homebound, the library offers home delivery service. Reference desk librarians help patrons access reference materials, both within the library and online. Additional services include Wi-Fi, computer use and instruction, Notary Public, public fax, free scanner and voter registration.
The centrally located library houses reading areas for all, from a quite area in front of a massive fireplace to the toddler play area on the lower level. A cafe located at the main entrance offers a place where patrons can grab a cup of coffee or a quick lunch. Some take their lunch down to the Reading Garden, an area especially popular in the spring and summer.
The library is the center of the community, not just for the services it offers; but, for lectures, book discussions, art exhibits and entertainment.
For more information, visit www.BataviaPublic Library.org