Although not part of the Library, the Lobby was where librarians from all branches often came to unwind after a long day of research, filing paperwork or otherwise deadly missions. It had been started fifty years ago as an initiative by two culinary branch members who were looking for a new challenge, who one day got up and left the Library to start a small business, although it had changed owners since. They'd built it a ten minute walk away from the main plaza of the library, so it was easy to reach by foot.
The lobby was a stand-alone building with three floors. On the ground floor there was the entry and the bar, and quite narrow compared to the other floors where space for customers was concerned. The room was cut in two by the bar, which (together with the liquor cabinet behind it) took up at least half the room, and next door was the kitchen. The ground floor looked most like a pub, with a warm and homely interior with an oak bar, chairs and tables. There were red flags with the logo of the Lobby (the golden outlines of a shield with a bear on it) stationed outside and in, and would sometimes at later hours (by the more jovial customers) be waved all throughout the bar. On the walls were paintings of employees and customers alike, and slogans that were good for a laugh or at least made life seem just a little more bearable. The lights were dim and atmospheric, and often there would be performing bards and artists in the back where was a small stage that lifted entertainers a foot and a half above the customers.
On the first floor there was the lounge, with a similar interior style in colours and materials, but rather than the small round standing-tables, there were dinner tables where parties could gather and the more comfortable couch-corners. There were tall rectangular windows and curtains that the guests would often be the ones opening or closing. The first floor even had a balcony, from which you could see the performing artists below.
The second floor was the game lounge, where cue sports were played. It was often a smoky lounge, but aside it being empty for the most part it reminded more of the pub than the lounge. Against the walls were standing tables, and there were scoring and ranking boards that were used every once in a while when there was a competition. Although their were both holder and non-holder brackets, for the dexterity of some made it plain unfair to most common humans to compete with. Unlike the first floor it was closed off from the rest, so music was but an echo. Conveniently this was the easiest place to have a conversation and occasionally guests from the lounge would come up and stand in the corner with a cigar instead of playing attention to the games. Of course when there was a competition, this crowd thinned out quickly as half the bar would be on the second floor.
Lastly, although not open for guests, the Lobby had a cellar underground. It stretched wider than the building itself did, which had lead to an inside joke that neighbours would be their worst nightmare. It held a wide cabinet of liquor and functioned as a small brewery as well. Sometimes there would be held card games by small companies here, and although not criminal, the stakes here were higher than could be considered a fun evening of gambling. Few had gotten insanely rich of the game, others had lost everything.