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A 112,000-foot former call center sat dormant for nearly a decade before it was transformed into the library of the future.
Pikes Peak Library District's Library 21c is filled with books and research materials but also 3-D printers, gaming rooms and a television studio. It's a hub for creatives, with two makerspaces filled with the tools to sew, build, craft, print or engrave.
"There is something for everyone, whether you want the high-tech or you want the low-tech, if you like the handicraft-type activity or the computer-related stuff," said Becca Cruz, manager of the library's creative computer commons.
The library is a designated family place library, meaning it holds parent-child workshops and programs for children in a specially-designed space filled with toys, books and learning materials. A business and entrepreneurial center offers classes, resources and meeting spaces.
"A big part of this location is not just being a place for books - not just being a place to get information, but a place to create information, a place to add to the community, a place to have a space to invent and start small businesses and meet with individuals and start conversations and really blossom as a community," said Antonia Krupicka-Smith, the library's adult services manager.
Since Library 21c opened in 2014, it has been a space to try out new ideas and services that are now being rolled out at other libraries, said Sean Anglum, spokesman for the Pikes Peak Library District.
"21st century library services are not your 'shush' library," Anglum said.
Library 21c is on the north side of Colorado Springs at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive.