If you are looking for a co-working space, or want to learn on how to code, you can save yourself rent and expensive lattes by checking out your local library. As it turns out, libraries around the country are moving from dial-up stagnation to becoming key players in today’s Maker Movement and entrepreneurial culture.
The FCC just approved a massive spending increase to its E-rate program that aims to expand broadband access to libraries and schools nationwide. Many libraries are already focusing their operations on technology as the cornerstone of the educational programs and community services they offer.
Last week, for example, Broward County’s main library in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida unveiled its new facility that features maker stations with 3D printers, leap motion technology, digital music equipment, video editing software, all available for free. “Libraries have an opportunity to really participate as a a change agent, it serves as a technological hub,” said Skye Patrick, director of Broward County Library Division. Next spring, the library will open a co-working space for entrepreneurs, with conference rooms and teleconferencing capabilities.
“Libraries have always been right at the forefront of technological revolution,” Patrick said. “It’s an opportunity for libraries to move from consumption to creation.”