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The Baltimore County library system’s push to integrate more technology was on display last week as the newly renovated branch in Randallstown reopened.
A big addition as a result of the $1.1 million project is a new space called the COLAB. It’s stocked with laptops. There’s virtual reality in the form of an HTC Vive and Playstation 4 VR games. Plus, it’s got a HoloLens computer and two Sphero robots. Coming soon: A 3D printer and build-it-yourself computer with coding kit.
Elsewhere, the library also has 33 desktop computers and free WiFi.
The tech upgrades were part of a wider renovation project that also includes a large meeting room and study rooms, as well as new seating and signage. It’s an example of how libraries are evolving in their role as community gathering points that aim to offer access to learning materials for all. We’re seeing moves to pilot VR programs and add maker tools around the state.
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“In addition to books and electronic resources, this update allows us to provide transformative experiences and user-friendly spaces that make a positive difference in peoples’ lives,” said BCPL Director Paula Miller.
With the library closed since January, new tools were also involved in opening the place. Along with a ribbon cutting, the introduction of the new library also came with a 360-degree tour.