In many ways the existing building is quite inefficient to run, because it is not designed for 21st century services, and the crowded conditions and lack of storage space prevent effective work flows. An absolute requirement of the Future Library design was that it must support efficient and cost effective operation, and not include any design elements (such as a second floor or other separated library space) that would unnecessarily increase staffing requirements. The new building is functionally designed for effective workflow and energy efficiency. The single story design and clear sight lines make it easier for staff to monitor activities throughout the building from the centrally located customer service desk.
That said, if a new and larger library is constructed, it will be used more, which will most likely increase staffing requirements. In planning for the Sequim Branch Future Library project NOLS has anticipated these associated operating cost increases. Read more.