COLUMBIA—A new public meeting room will be available in the Columbia Public Library for community groups in late spring or early summer.
Currently, the Columbia Public library has three meeting rooms available for public groups, but they are not enough for the increasing requests for meeting space from public groups, library spokeswoman Mitzi St. John said.
The library has decided to transform its training center, currently used for its computer training programs, into another public meeting room.
"We have so many groups in Columbia requesting meeting space in our building," St. John said.
In 2011, there were 273 applicants for meeting rooms, and in 2012 the total applicants were 288. From January to Dec.18 of this year, the number has increased to 293.
The limited space has prompted the library to put a limit on use of its meeting rooms. Groups can only use the rooms once a month, according to library policy.
The training center on the second floor will be put into use as the new meeting room next year around late spring. Nonprofit groups, government agencies and other organizations related to education, culture and public issues can reserve the room.
"We ask that each group responding to use the library fill out a form that we know they are nonprofit or not." St. John said.