Ten reasons to visit the new central library

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Thursday August 4, 2022 at 3:20 p.m.

Ten reasons to visit the new central library

Libraries evolve. When you think of a library, you usually think of quiet places where a librarian would shut you up if you were too loud. Now, all ages can enjoy and discover new resources at the Central Library located in downtown Spokane. From playgrounds to recording studios, the Central Library has it all! The traditional books are still there, don’t worry. However, the downtown library has made the transition to promote a community space where we can all come together to work, inspire and play. You can take advantage of all of these cool new services with a library card, which you can get online or in person when you visit any Spokane Public Library location.


  1. The library of things

    On the Spokane Public Library website, there is A library of things. As stated on the website, “Not your typical library.” The Library of Things is online and here you can discover things like musical instruments or discovery passes to take on your hike. You can rent these items as a book! When you access the Library of Things website, you should locate the sidebar labeled “Refine results”. Select “Physical Object” from the list if you want to verify something.


  2. The New Leaf Cafe


    The New Leaf Cafe is a new addition to the library. This café is special because it offers jobs to women who do not have traditional work experience. Their goal is to provide these women with hands-on experience in a coffee shop. When you shop at New Leaf Café, you’re helping someone get closure. New Leaf is a program of Transitions.


  3. Multimedia production rooms

    One of the main attractions on the third floor is the suite of state-of-the-art media rooms. They include a production studio, a recording studio, and a video studio, where you can record podcasts, songs, and edit videos. You can even edit live videos!


  4. Versatile meeting space

    One of the most requested renovations of the library consists of several rooms for any type of meeting. The new Central Library location includes an art studio, the business lab, a lecture hall, a computer lab, a workplace, five small study rooms, two event rooms, the social stairs equipped with a projector to present an auditorium style and a stage. for big events!


  5. River Rumpus Playground

    Do your children have chills? Take them to the second floor of the River Rumpus Kids Playground! It is fully equipped with a slide, a special play area for toddlers, and more.


  6. The Business Lab

    The business lab is located on the first floor of the kitty corner of the library at the computer lab. The Business Lab is a space for entrepreneurs to learn how to start a business, business registration and more from the on-site Business Services Librarian.


  7. Panoramic event space

    Outside the video studio, there’s a stage with a great view of the Spokane River. The nx?yx?yetk? The room can hold events such as book or poetry readings, plays, lectures, graduations and much more!


  8. Special collections and historical documents

    If you’re looking for your long-lost family, the third floor of the Central Library is the place to look. In addition to special collections and historical documents, the library offers help with your genealogy. Your family won’t be lost for long! If you are a history buff, this is the place for you!


  9. Volunteer at the library!

    Anyone can volunteer to help. The library offers volunteer positions in the computer lab, children’s programs, books/materials on the shelves and much more. Visit the library volunteer site to see available volunteer positions and to fill out an application!


  10. Books (Duh)

    The second floor is where you will find the most traditional part of the library – the books. Find your own corner to enjoy a new story. There’s also an area for teens with their own computers and restaurant-style booths to hang out.

Even if you can’t make it to the Central Library in person, explore the digital world of Spokane Public Libraries. You can stream e-books, movies, audiobooks and more by visiting the Explore the entire digital library page.

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