The idea of the traditional brick-and-mortar library is evolving. Some public libraries are adding laptops and ebooks to keep up with the digital age. Others have added coffee bars to give patrons the feel of being in relaxed social setting.
As the Royal Oak Public Library embarks on creating a strategic plan for the next five years, it's seeking input regarding the state of the library and on possible changes the community might want to see.
The library is asking Royal Oak residents and visitors to complete the brief online survey shown in the box above.
"With limited resources, we want to identify the greatest needs in the community," said Mary Karshner, the director of the Royal Oak Public Library. "We want to know what you love about the library or what we are missing."
Karshner emphasized the library is hoping the survey is completed by non-library users, too.
"We hope the survey will illicit a lot of reactions," Karshner said. "We are very interested in finding out how the community feels."
The survey includes eight questions (multiple choice or short-answer) and can be completed in just a few minutes.