The new Lebanon Library Technology Center is housed in the basement of a large addition that was designed by SHP in the 1980s. Given the current prevalence and popularity of technology-focused space in libraries and elsewhere, SHP was charged with transforming the basement into a community technology center, delivering a reimagined space with the following features:
- Located away from the hustle and bustle of the main floor, the basement area was a perfect place for a designated quiet zone. As libraries in general are becoming more collaborative community hubs, their traditional role as a quiet oasis for independent work and reflection has waned.
- An enclosed multi-use conference center with mobile furniture to support the library’s vision of providing technology training.
- Individual training space—the center’s main reference desk offers a lower level where library staff can hold one-on-one sessions with patrons to teach them how to access library materials on an electronic reader such as an iPad or Kindle.
- Intimate gathering and work spaces with a variety of relaxed seating and work space options. A corner lounge area features high-back chairs to muffle noise while offering informal work and discussion space in a personal setting.