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Cleveland Public Library’s TechCentral offers users advanced technology via Chris Gammell.

The Cleveland Public Library is getting a high-tech upgrade — one it says is the first of its kind in any U.S. library. Today, the library unveils TechCentral, its downtown destination for computing and emerging technologies. The center will give visitors access to dynamic, interactive technology unrivaled in any library in the country, said library Executive Director Felton Thomas. Anyone with a library card can toy with tablet computers, print plastic 3-D models, engage in wireless computing and do much more in the 7,000-square-foot center on the lower level of the Louis Stokes Wing.

“Many of our folks don’t have an opportunity to buy this technology,” Thomas said. “Our job is to provide it.”

Follow up from: Is It Time to Rebuild & Retool Public Libraries and Make “TechShops”?

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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