CIVIC

A Library Card Gets You Way More Than Books in Downtown St. Louis

If you’re looking to start a podcast, record a song, or produce a movie in Downtown St. Louis, you don’t need any fancy equipment. You just need a library card.

The Central Library’s Creative Experience is an all-inclusive digital makerspace in the heart of Downtown St. Louis. It doesn’t matter who you are or what experience you have—you’ll get access to all the cutting-edge tools and software you need to make your ideas come to life. It’s a place that inspires ingenuity, encourages creativity, and develops expertise—all at no cost.

What’s There to Do?

When you walk into the Creative Experience, you walk into a world of possibilities. Each of the four computer pods is equipped with HD monitors, wide-angle cameras, USB microphones, and seating for up to 10 people. Here, creators have the freedom to create, edit, and publish audio, video, and interactive projects.

The amount of software available in the Creative Experience is staggering: Adobe Creative Cloud, FL Studio, VEGAS Movie Studio, After Effects, Photoshop, InDesign, and WordPress top the list, but there’s so much more.

As if that weren’t enough, your library card grants you free access to professional training tutorials through Lynda.com.

Programs for All Ages

The Creative Experience regularly offers free workshops and special programs to familiarize aspirational creators with the tools and skills they need to make their visions come to life. Past classes have covered songwriting, beat production, web design, and more. To browse and register for events and programs, check out this calendar.

The Creative Experience also offers programs reserved exclusively for kids and teens. Registration isn’t required for these sessions, just drop in:

Makerspace Jr.: Mondays from 4-6 p.m.

School age kids can explore tech gadgets, play Minecraft, and even create their own video games.

Makerspace Club: Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m.

This program provides an interactive environment where teens can hone their tech skills with a variety of hands-on activities.

How to Make a Reservation

Ok, so you’re pumped about using the Creative Experience and you’re ready to head to the Library. Now you just need to reserve your spot. If you’re already at the library, just ask a staff member to help you out. To book ahead, call 314-241-2288. Reservations can be made up to a week in advance for a maximum of two hours per day. You can also reserve a spot online.

Quick Info

1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103

314-241-2288

Website

Hours of operation:

Mon-Thurs: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Closed Sunday

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