On Monday I visited my third library pick for my CoWorking Experiment – Central Library (I’ve always referred to as Grand Army Plaza because of the location). It’s the only branch I know that is open on the weekends (Sundays included) and has longer hours. I spent many hours at the GAP location back in high school – ah the memories. The majority of the time, my friends and I would go there just to use the Mac computers in the kids area. I was surprise to see that it hadn’t change all that much. A few weeks ago I figured that Sunday would be a great day to check them out, shouldn’t be too crowded especially since it’s was very cold out. Well the turn out was just the opposite. I suppose it was because libraries were closed the following day to observe the Dr. Kings Holiday but my second visit proved that wasn’t the case. If NYC ever closed down all of the libraries I don’t know what will they do will all of the books and materials, let alone where will all of the people use these facilities would do.
I was able to put in about 3 ½ hours of works, with Sunday having shorter hours (1pm-5pm). What I enjoy was that there tons of space from which to work. The library has three floors and the café is still there, which is a good thing because we will have to walk a little ways to get food. Most importantly there is tables and outlets. The section of the library I choose to work from had about 5 tables set aside for laptop users and each had an outlet underneath them allow up to four people to juice up at a time. The Internet connection was slow. I had to reconnect several times and it always happened when I was saving something. Even with the amount of people there it was pretty quiet. Well there was this one guy, who made his presence known even before the doors open. Not sure if they kick him how but several guards went to talk to him. Other than that I really didn’t need my headphones. People really respected the fact that it was a library and kept the noise to a minimum.
My most recent visit went way better despite some transportation delays. It was beyond peaceful, working with nothing but adults, no loud kids running around. I think it was the closest I have gotten to an actual CoWorking experience in a library setting. I believe I put in about 7 hours of work. If I had more snacks with me, I would have stay until closing time. I wish I live closer because it truly not a bad place to work from. The internet connection was better and plus it’s right next to the park, which would be a great place to hang out when it gets warmer – Summer Fridays! LOL.
Cost of Coworking at Central Library Branch: $13.50
Cost of running Operation CoWork (as of 2/08/12): $22.50