The Mobile Technology Lab is much more than a traditional bookmobile – it is a maker space, computer lab, and traveling library all in one.
Our van started rolling in the summer of 2021, fully loaded with all kinds of technology, from laptops and printers to Ozobots and Makey Makeys, designed to help kids learn coding and engineering. The lab is also equipped to carry books and be the library’s rolling ambassador into the community.
The library uses the Mobile Technology Lab for all kinds of outreach activities, from summer park visits for kids to resume assistance stations at job fairs.
The Mobile Technology Lab was made possible through community support. The Giacoletto Foundation helped purchase the van and all shelving and modifications, and additional support came from Collins Aerospace, the Alliant Energy Foundation, ITC Midwest, and the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation.
Much of the same technology found in the van is also available at the Downtown Library’s Maker Space, which is available to visit by appointment.
In order to provide an equitable and accessible opportunity, the Mobile Technology Lab brings these fun and inspiring programs, activities, and resources out into the community.
Look for the lab in a neighborhood near you! Find upcoming stops on our events calendar.