LINC Library Innovation Center is a 62,000 square foot building that represents the next iteration of the High Plains Library District.
Built at the old Greeley Tribune site in downtown Greeley, the newly constructed, state-of-the art building features a fully equipped makerspace with 3D printers, laser engravers, die-cut machines, and a UV Printer, as well as industrial space with woodworking equipment such as a CNC Router, a table saw, a planer, a lathe, and much more.
Patrons can also reserve and use the innovation classrooms, art studio, recording studio, and the podcast studio.
Plentiful opportunities for children and teens exist at LINC. The mezzanine level showcases a dynamic, hands-on learning children’s exhibit that physically connects to a two-story, large-scale interactive installation by nationally renowned artist Wes Bruce.
The Children’s library features a hobbit door welcoming families into the Storytime room.
Older kids and teens can take advantage of the gaming room next door to the Children’s Library.
For a quieter experience, patrons can enjoy the atrium with an indoor/door fireplace or the quiet reading room. In addition, the High Plain Library District’s Local History and Genealogy Collection, which was previously at Centennial Park Library, will be housed at LINC.
There is no shortage of community spaces in the building. There are 5 study rooms, 4 meeting rooms, 2 collaboration spaces, 2 computer classrooms, and 2 general classrooms. The event space holds 193 people and contains 2 projectors & large screens.
There will be 60 computers available throughout the building and a materials collection with more than 100,000 items.
A community catalyst for workforce development, STEM education, and future innovation, LINC is a place where creativity and possibility comes to life.
LINC is short for (Library Innovation Center) and represents the next iteration of the High Plains Library District. It’s a place where children to adults see creativity and possibility come to life.
LINC provides resources, space, and equipment to develop new skills that can lead to a career path or encourage a new hobby. LINC is a space to innovate, create, gather, and learn. LINC is an entry point into the future.
LINC includes a library, children’s exhibit, event space, genealogy, board room, woodshop, 3-D printers, soundproof music/video studio, and interactive installations
LINC serves as a hub to test experiences, programs and exhibits, that once dialed in will travel and be shared at libraries across the District.
This ever-evolving project will adapt to the changing needs of the community.
LINC was guided by direct community feedback from across the district as well as HPLD’s strategic planning process.
Tools and resources at LINC open up a new world for those who would not otherwise have access
LINC is located in downtown Greeley, 501 8th Ave, 80631, formerly the location of The Greeley Tribune.
With easy access to HWY-85, LINC will serve many of the surrounding communities as well as providing a strong anchor for Greeley’s downtown development.
This project is funded using HPLD’s reserve funds and through financial support from the Weld Community Foundation, Greeley Downtown Development Authority, and HPLD Friends and Foundation.
We’re working with Weld Community Foundation and artist Sam Wes-Bruce to put some very special touches into LINC. Currently we’re in the very early stages, but here’s a sneak peek through video and a podcast, Where Water Flows Uphill.