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Hillsboro's 21st Century Library: What Makes it Modern?

Post Date:05/14/2018 2:46 pm

Outside of the old Hillsboro Library buildingLongtime Hillsboro residents know the Hillsboro Public Library dates back more than 100 years to the 1914 opening of the Carnegie Library in Downtown Hillsboro — the building that’s now home to the renowned sushi restaurant, Syun Izakaya. Before then, patrons at most libraries had to ask a librarian to retrieve books from storage. The Hillsboro Public Library’s innovation allowed patrons to browse the Library’s open shelves and discover books – on their own!

Fast forward to 2018: Hillsboro’s modern libraries are much more than warehouses for books. Brookwood and Shute Park libraries serve as technology-enhanced community centers that connect neighbors. Patrons still browse for books, and can access or request most Library content online. Hillsboro Public Library employees work to provide enriching patron experiences, such as:

  • Help and support for all. Beyond answering your questions, Library employees will help you use a computer, solve homework challenges, access job-hunting resources, and more.

  • Gathering space for everyone. The Library hosts public and private events throughout the year where you can learn to decorate a cake; make a terrarium; enjoy movies, lectures, and meetups; or, hold a birthday party or family reunion.Library patrons talking with staff during an event

  • The Collaboratory. In Hillsboro’s makerspace, people of all abilities can create arts and crafts, work on science projects, practice their design skills, take coding classes, and meet other makers.

  • The Library of Things. From ukuleles to cake pans, cameras to croquet sets, tools to board games, every item in Hillsboro’s Library of Things collection can be checked out, just like a book.

Visit the Library webpage to discover more Hillsboro Public Library programs and events!

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