Viva Las Vegas!

No, it’s not Paris –

– or Egypt –

– but we were in Las Vegas recently and I got a chance to check out the Clark County branch of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

 – while we were there.   Like the Las Vegas architecture and sprawl, the system is huge and their buildings are too, with high ceilings, ample parking and a great lobby.

Among the usual library features, Clark County has an ESL classroom, conference and meeting rooms, views of the surrounding mountains, and a Jewel Box Theater that’s mirrored all around and is used a lot by locals as a performance venue. 

Sadly it was locked up when I visited, but its lobby is pretty nice.

The rest of the library is grand – I couldn’t take many pictures as there were so many people around, but most of the 37 adult public internet computers were in use, as well as the wi-fi.  I did like their media setup.

So nice for browsing.  They’ve got all the up to date technology to improve efficiency – a sorter, cheery self check stations etc,

and catering to an international clientele –

– they allow guest passes to the web.  It also has the largest reference collection in the valley and a nice booksale room staffed by friendly volunteers.

The natural light in the Teen Zone is great, and there were plenty of comics and graphic novels to keep them entertained.


And an optimistically decorated Children’s Room –

 (snow is pretty rare here) – has a large foreign language collection. 

I like the display racks for the picture books too.

Evidently the branch on the Strip has a great gambling collection, though a security guard assured me there was no slot machine (but he thought it might be a good idea).

And sorry, but I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the bathroom as it seemed to echo the colorful sophistication of Las Vegas.

With such a great library, there’s every reason to consider not Leaving Las Vegas 😉

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