So the Genealogy Department, collections, staff and customers settled into the new building. In this photo, facing north, you can see the book stacks to the right and far end of the area, microfilm readers on the right, and two staff desks in the center area.

It seems like a lot of space, right? Well, it was thought so at the time. Note the card catalog on the right and the swinging gate that formed the barrier to the closed stacks in the next photo. When the department would get crowded...

...there were chairs out in the hallway...

...that were placed at the ends of the tables for additional seating.

But no matter how busy it could get...

...all of the customers, no matter how old or young, seemed content.

Next time: Moving into the 1980s with an expansion into a new wing.