HAL vs. Hawthorne

The Examiner Takes A Look at San Francisco\’s latest plan to overhaul The City\’s branch libraries, which emphasizes adding computers, lounges and meeting areas — and reducing book stacks.

The library says yes, stacks will be reduced at some branches, but for other reasons. The renovations provide an opportunity to widen aisle space to achieve American Disability Act codes. Wider aisles in the same space mean fewer books.