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Beginning January 2019, Heffner Studio will be temporarily located on the 2nd floor of Central Library during the expansion and renovation of its permanent space.
3D Printing, Virtual Reality, and the Surface Studio will remain available for use in the temporary space, while scanning and digital conversion tools will be moved to the Grace Schmidt Room of Local History. Other digital equipment previously located in Heffner Studio may not be available during this time.
Kitchener Public Library is a community space full of stories, and soon it will be a place where you can bring your story to life.
In late 2016, a new digital studio was unveiled within the recently-renovated Central Library. The goal was to develop a public space where everyone would be free to explore and create. As good stewards for public funds, the library felt strongly that any expansion to this studio should come via community fundraising.
Kitchener Public Library and the Heffner family, through their business Heffner Lexus Toyota, are excited to announce a major gift in support of digital, musical, and artistic literacy for our community. Thanks to the Heffner family and their generous gift, we are able to proceed with an expansion of our innovative studio space.
Located at Central Library, Heffner Studio is a 3,800 square feet space dedicated to digital media resources and programming. Currently the space boasts 3D printers, a virtual reality station, and hosts a variety of coding, gaming, game design and podcasting programs.
The expanded Heffner Studio will add dedicated programming rooms, studios for audio/video production, and a podcast/broadcast booth for pre-recorded or live broadcasting.