OPENING SOON! The Studio at the Library is a new 8,000-square-foot space on the lower level. The design includes creative tools like 3D printers, sewing machines, Cricut machines, and Glowforge laser cutters—in addition to a computer lab, gaming area, and recording studios.
This innovative area will be utilized for library programs, including hosting teens after school and creative workshops for adults—and open to the public on weekends!
The project includes adding a public staircase to the lower level, so The Studio and FriendShop Bookstore will be accessible by both elevator and stairs.
The Studio at the Library is made possible with support from the Library Foundation, Library Friends, and the City of Champaign.
In the Press
• Champaign Public Library Adding New Creative Space in Basement (WCIA News, July 18, 2023) »
• Step By Step, New Teen Space Taking Shape (The News-Gazette, July 9, 2023) »
Architect’s Sketches of The Studio
View of new staircase to lower level.
View of entrance to The Studio.
View toward computer area on your right as you enter.
View from computer area toward gaming area.
View from gaming area back toward entrance and info desk.
View of makerspace.
View from makerspace toward recording studios.
Architect: Product Architecture + Design
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