Public Libraries, along with most everything in our society,
have changed with the advent of the Internet.
Most Library Facilities still cater to the walk in customer
who is looking to find a special book or to research a topic from reference
books located there; however that is a small part of what the modern Library is
about today. Libraries used to be run by Librarians. Today they are run by
Media Specialists; an indication within itself that the function of the Library
has changed. Today’s Library may be much smaller than the Library of two or
three decades ago. Many, if not most, of today’s Library books and periodicals
are stored and accessed electronically, meaning that the Library Building can
be smaller and still serve the same if not a larger number of people. Today’s
Library Facility, however, must be quipped to accommodate the vast array of
high tech gadgets required to deliver this new high tech service. Storage may
be on or off-site, people may access the data on site, from home or from the
office. Libraries typically have rooms on sight to accommodate computer
stations, replacing in some cases the large heavy wooden Library Tables of the
past. These developments have changed
the design, size and utility of Library Buildings. Professional Appraisers must
be aware of the current utility and function requirements of Libraries in order
to provide credible value conclusions in Library Appraisals.
We at ELLIOTT® understand Libraries and how they must be
appraised. We offer such service in all locations in the United States.