Omaha’s First Technology Library Opens in the Heart of Omaha
Do Space, for which HDR served as the lead architect, opened in November to a community eager to get its hands on the latest software, computing, emerging technology and innovative learning experiences available today.
Approximately $3 million in technology is available on the first floor of Do Space. There are also individual work stations and computer stations, a 3D lab, and meeting rooms with video conferencing technology. The computer lab is equipped with personal computers and Macs for public use, while visitors can also check out mobile laptops and eReader tablets to use within the space. A teen’s room and kid’s room are also featured.
David Lempke, HDR design principal, told NET News in a Nov. 30 interview that the original planning team thought about the project as a library, which was both helpful and limiting. “The very basic question was, ‘What’s the future of the library?’” Lempke said. “Does the library have a future?”
From there, as Lempke explained, the planners “realized that you know it’s really not about the physical book. It is about knowledge. It is about accessing that information and how that information is disseminated. That’s the turning point.”
Along with one-on-one technology assistance, Do Space offers educational programming and learning experiences such as job skills classes and programs, STEM-focused workshops, community events, and discussion groups.
Omaha’s first technology library and digital workshop is one of the only privately funded technology libraries in the nation. Membership is free, and is available on-site or online.
The development and operation of Do Space is managed by Community Information Trust, a non-profit organization formed by Heritage Services. The construction of the building was led by Kiewit Building Group. Metropolitan Community College will hold classes on the second floor of Do Space beginning in early 2016.
See how Do Space is rethinking the evolution of the modern library on the HDR-produced video shown here: http://www.hdrinc.com/about-hdr/knowledge-center/videos/2016-do-space-the-modern-digital-library
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