Gymbrary – Fitness for the mind and fitness for the body.
I can imagine that gym patrons might come to the library to supplement their fitness, for example, picking up an illustrated book of yoga poses. The gym could entice library patrons to pay for a membership by offering a free pass for library card holders (for like a week or something) or hosting programs on nutrition.
Cat Athenaeum – Borrow a book. Borrow a cat. Borrow both.
Cats and libraries are already a natural match, like the sun and the moon. Obviously the folks who are allergic to cats will avoid coming, but I bet cats at the library would draw a bunch of people who don’t normally visit. The way I picture it in my mind is similar to this, where the cats would come from a shelter and could be adopted, and offer companionship to people in the library who need it. And a lot of people in the library could use a little companionship. Trust me.
Cook Repository – Bring your appetite to the library.
So many libraries have rules against eating and drinking in the library, but what if you could go to a library that was also a culinary school. I envision this to be a special library, with at least three floors: one for the school, one for the library, and then the makerspace floor where the magic happens – culinary students practicing recipes on the public, teaching classes, and running the cafe in the building. Yummy.
What are some other cool library combos?