11TH BIG IDEA
For one, you can't eat or drink in the stacks. Speaking as someone who has VERY strict dietary requirements that dictate food consumption every hour, on the hour, that's a big problem. There's really no inconspicuous way to consume my doctor-ordered bag of Doritos without drawing attention to myself.
Secondly, apparently America's broke, and can no longer afford to keep its libraries open. So finding a library open past 6pm (or finding one at all) can often be difficult, limiting the number of available hours for post-work studying.
Work space available for rent by the hour.
Now I know what you're thinking. Why would someone pay to do work? And, I think it's a valid point. In order for the idea to work, I think there'd need to be some freebies thrown in to convince people of the value.
First, there'd definitely have to be free coffee. In Starbucks, you pay for the coffee and get the space for free; here, it'd be the opposite. And unlike Starbucks, the entire layout of the floor would be dedicated to giving people the best work conditions. Picture lots of desks, reading lamps, and no humongous coffee bar or huge line taking up space (the coffee area would be small, and serve only basic coffee).
Second, there would obviously need to be free wi-fi, lots and lots of outlets, and available computers for use.
Also, it'd be awesome if we could serve free snacks. Nothing too fancy, just simple, low-cost brain food like granola bars, nuts, and veggies. Maybe have certain hours throughout the day where it's brought out.
Ok, so, no I do not know the answer to that question. I would obviously need to do some research. But instead of bugging my friends and family and asking them how much they'd be willing to pay, it'd be swell if you gave me your opinion. :-)
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Til next time (which I promise WILL be next week),