Patrons of Davis County's newest branch library in Layton will find innovative features in the facility when it opens this summer, and there's one old standby they won't find: a card catalog.

The Central Branch Library is the first in the county's system that will never have a card catalog. The old, familiar narrow wooden drawers are being supplanted by a computer terminal, branch librarian Jerry Meyer said.He said construction of the 14,000-square-foot facility is proceeding on schedule, more or less. More because the branch could open before the projected September opening date, but less because of problems in obtaining one of the building's principal features, a large overhead skylight.

"Overall it's going well," Meyer said. "We're a little indefinite on the opening date, although it will be this summer, ahead of the original September date.

"But we're having problems getting the skylight, and other problems could crop up also as we go along, so we're not prepared right now to set a definite opening date," he said.

Meyer, formerly the Clearfield North Branch librarian, has spent the year and a half ordering and collecting the 25,000 books that will line the library's shelves when it opens. The library has a 50,000-book capacity, which Meyer hopes to reach over the next five years.

It will also have a videotape collection numbering about 400 tapes and two stations to view them, Meyer said, which none of the three other branches in Clearfield, Bountiful or Farmington has.

The tapes will be titles not readily obtained in video stores, such as works of non-fiction and educational tapes on ballet, classical music and languages. A special grant has allowed the library to purchase a series of Public Broadcasting System shows, including Shakespeare's plays.

Another unique feature plays off the new library's location in Layton's wooded Commons Park. A small creek runs behind the building, and Meyer said the property across the creek will be landscaped, with tables and reading stations built, accessible by a small footbridge.

The library district has budgeted $1.1 for the building's construction and another $300,000 for acquisition of books and periodicals, Meyer said.

In addition to the standard list library books fiction, non-fiction, children's, young adult and reference volumes a librarian has to be aware of local variations and requests that reflect regional interests, Meyer said.