Exploration Hub

The Carlsbad City Library (Dove Library) is home to the recently opened Exploration Hub, a technology learning center that offers free, instructor-led classes and self-paced learning opportunities. The Hub provides visitors with a collaborative and creative learning environment that allows them to experience the latest innovations in technology. Available equipment includes over 10 computers with a variety of audio and video editing software, a 3D printer, Arduino kits to learn electronics and coding, an electronic cutting tool to make designs out of a number of materials, a photo archiving center, and video conversion tools for transferring old VHS tapes to DVDs. Trained staff will be available to assist patrons during the Exploration Hub’s hours of operation: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The modernization of Dove Library was part of an $11.6 million renovation project for both the Dove and Cole Libraries, which reopened earlier this year. Other improvements include faster wireless connectivity, improved technology access, enhanced seating and gathering areas, Friends of the Library bookstore, upgraded auditorium, and more. The library is currently looking for volunteers with experience in 3D printing, video editing, graphic design, coding, and digital crafting to help oversee open hours and lead classes in the Exploration Hub. For more information about volunteering contact Janet Galea at galea@carlsbadca.gov or 760-602-2042. For a class schedule and online registration for classes at the Hub go to www.carlsbadca.gov/services/depts/library.