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“Great branches as well as down-town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Greensboro Public Library

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Greensboro Public Library
219 N. Church St, Greensboro, NC
336-373-2471
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Ranked #16 of 19 Attractions in Greensboro
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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18 attraction reviews
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“Great branches as well as down-town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

The central library still looks new with a classy design that looks contemporary to the train station called The Depot, which is nearby. It is across the street from the Children's Museum, which is also great entertainment.

Greensboro also has several branches throughout the city. Many have been renovated or are new. Most have a special focus in addition to the regular collection.

My favorite library branch is the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch in Price Park. What a fabulous idea to turn a former company's park for employee picnics into a library and public park. The building itself is styled like you would imagine a company get-away to be. I can't think of the word. Lodge? It has a screened-in porch, 2 community rooms, and a fireplace. It's special focus is nature, of course, in addition to the usual adult, youth, and children's collections. They also have numerous public PC stations. I can't praise the atmosphere or location enough.

The many services the Greensboro Public Library offers are also a big draw for me. I use the online library often to request books, movies, and audiotapes from other branches. I am then notified when they come to this branch for pick-up. I use the online library to renew items or place them on hold. As needed, I use online databases for research or business questions. You can get full-text of many articles this way.

As you can see, I'm a heavy user of the services, but I would recommend it for casual use as well. Great place to rest and relax and read the newspaper. Then, if you feel energetic, you can take the walking trails through the woods and by the pond.

Visited August 2012
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Greensboro NC
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“Very nice library!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Beautiful facility, good selection of books on CD, easy access with adjacent parking deck (they will validate so you can park for 1 hour for free during workdays and parking is free on the weekend).

Visited July 2012
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“Great resource -- much more than just books!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

The downtown library has a great selection of all kinds of books, spread out over two floors; and also periodicals and films. There's also a large children's section, a good reference section, informative and helpful staff, plus many public computers scattered throughout the library and a separate computer room, as well.

There's a coffee shop and large meeting rooms on the main floor, and featured art throughout the library. Additionally, there's a sunroom on the first floor and a quiet corner upstairs with desks that are set up for laptop users. The library has wifi, including in the coffee shop and meeting rooms.

There are benches in a small park area outside. There's metered parking on the street and in a City parking deck next door (first hour is free). The Children's Museum is across the street and the Historical Museum is next door. The library is on the bus route. And there's much more to do and see at the downtown library. I recommend a visit! :)

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