Library seeks funding, space for RevLab maker space

Revelstoke library seeking to expand to include a RevLab, a maker space.

File photo: A 3-D printer.

Revelstoke librarian Lucie Bergeron presented plans for RevLab at the Okanagan Regional Library in Revelstoke to city council at their July 9 meeting.

The library is planning to add a technology lab to their offerings. The plans (link to presentation text) include video recording equipment, a sound recording room, a virtual gaming headset, multimedia software and a variety of other teaching materials focusing on science and technology.

The library has raised $175,000 through the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) and the Columbia Basin Trust, but still needs $119,000 to complete the space.

The library hopes to expand the space by adding a portable. ORL CEO Don Nettleton joined Bergeron in her presentation to council on July 9.

Bergeron said that reductions to hours at the WorkBC centre in Revelstoke, more and more people are accessing services such as computers and printing at the library, adding to an already full space.

“We anticipate an even larger demand on our resources this winter,” Bergeron said. “We act like a little business centre.”

“The library is bursting at the seams,” Nettleton said.

In her presentation, Bergeron noted the library is busier each year, and that many people access the space for wifi access and also a low-cost place to work or study.

She said RevLab would provide access to the technology equipment for both residents and businesses seeking the equipment.

The request came during a delegation but wasn’t up for a council decision at the meeting.

Watch the Lucie Bergeron and Don Nettle’s July 9 delegation to council here: