Coffee Experiment

Ever since we reopened in our renovated building, many visitors have remarked that coffee would be an excellent fit at Chapel Hill Public Library.

Questions about coffee frequently appear on our comment board.

And with around 1,800 visitors a day, local vendors have said they would be willing to try.

So we’re going to try.

Will it work?

We’re planning to run a few experiments to find out. During January and February, three local vendors will take turns selling coffee and snacks in the main lobby at pop-up shops. What they offer will vary, as will their prices, and their hours. We will post information here.

Carrboro Coffee Roasters

January 11 - January 24


Monday - Friday: 9am-2pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10am-3pm

  • Espresso drinks
  • Brewed coffees
  • Organic sodas
  • Hot chocolate
  • Grab-and-go bakery items like muffins, croissants, and cookies
Is this permanent?

Not yet. Before making a major change to the library, we need to learn a few things. Here are some of the questions we’re asking as we gather data:

• Is there demand for coffee at the library?
• What impact is there on daily operations?
• Would we have to remodel to make it work?
• What’s the public reaction?
• Things we haven’t thought of yet!

What can I do?

Public opinion is one of the many factors we are weighing in this experiment, so if you have any thoughts to share, we welcome you to let us know. Feel free to drop a note in the comment box or shoot us an email.