Monday, April 20, 2015

Metro Money: Growing Number of New Yorkers Are Using the Library for Office Space - WSJ


App designer Jay Collins loves his free office space. The building
features fireplaces, hardwood floors, oversize windows and oak
bookcases. The Wi-Fi is excellent. The research facilities, superb.

The location? Staten Island’s Port Richmond Library.

“I usually find myself in the teen room, because no one’s ever in there,” says Mr. Collins.

32-year-old, who schleps his laptop and iPad to the library four days a
week, says he has tried other options, “but once I found the library, I
didn’t have to stay home being lazy, or at Starbucks getting fat.”

library may lack the cachet of a rented desk at a pricey co-working
space, but as Mr. Collins discovered, the stacks even offer networking
opportunities. He has landed side jobs designing logos for fellow
entrepreneurs, not to mention a gig designing a clown suit for a
professional jester.

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