Tuesday, June 6, 2023

New Granite library in South Salt Lake reimagines a modern library

After a couple of years in the planning and building – I finally managed to take a walk through the new Granite library in South Salt Lake City today. I’ll be honest it’s been a while since I’ve wandered a library, and wow, the times have changed. Open since mid July this year, the library has really embraced the opportunity to offer something unique and new to the local community. There are of course books, plenty of them, but that’s really just a jumping off point as the facility re-imagines with a modern library can offer to the neighborhood.

Central to the 33,000 square foot facility for me is the new creator space – a loaded room of gadgets that grant access to a range of advanced tech that many won’t ordinarily be able to afford nor operate at home.

3D printers greet visitors to the creator space, a duo of machines to the left of the entrance. The library charges a tiny fee of $0.50 per print and $0.05 per gram of filament used. From there, plenty of other high end stuff is all available for use by would be makers and creators.

The facility also offers VR gadgets, robotics, laser cutters, sublimation printers and equipment for sewing and embroidery. As you walk through the room be sure to head to the back where you will find a fully loaded AV suite. The room is setup to the nines with gear for podcasting and video production. There’s even a full “walk in” green screen backed stage. It’s seriously impressive stuff – and it’s free – as long you have that library card handy.

Now where did I leave mine…

3D printing at Granite library
3D printing at Granite library
Stuart Melling
Stuart Mellinghttp://gastronomicslc.com
Hi, I'm Stuart, nice to meet you!  I'm the founder, writer and wrangler at Utah Now Online, Gastronomic SLC, The Utah Review and many other local online publications. I'm a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune.  I've worked extensively with multiple local publications from Visit Salt Lake to Salt Lake Magazine, not least helped to consult on national TV shows. I'm a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for the better part of fifteen years.   I'm largely fueled by a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of big words I don't understand.   Here on Utah Now Online I cover other news in Utah such as the outdoor lifestyle, local arts and events and business news.

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