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New FVCC library and learning commons takes innovative steps

Posted at 9:55 AM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 11:55:07-04

KALISPELL – The new $3 million FVCC library provides innovative learning spaces and technology for students and the Flathead community.

The new library opened at the end of May to students and Flathead residents after just over a year of construction.

Librarian Susan Matter notes that as learning styles change libraries are seeing they have to adapt with them.

Matter specifically designed the new FVCC space for hands-on learning. The new library has open area seating, movable furniture, even mobile whiteboards people can take with them around the library as they learn.

Another thing she told MTN News is that libraries must adapt to is this new digital age. The new library is outfitted with unique state of the art technology like a podcast studio, 3D printer, and virtual reality equipment.

“Looking at bridging the digital divide, so this helps to do that because we’re talking about equipment here that is not normally available to the general public or to the student population,” explained Matter.

Matter says she chose this state of the art technology specifically to give students and community members unique experience and an edge as they enter the Flathead job market.

She says students specifically came to her with a want to learn how to use 3D technology for hands-on job experience — so, matter made sure to purchase one for the college’s library.

This new library is open to all Flathead residents and library cards are free.