Tacoma Public Library, 1953

When this photo was taken in January 1953, Tacoma Public Library's new Main Library at 1102 Tacoma Ave South had been open for just over one year. Shown here is the check-out desk, where a man in a topcoat waits for his library book to be checked out to him by a library employee. Across from the check-out desk is the receiving department, where returned books were checked back in.