05/06/2015 04:34 EDT | Updated 06/03/2015 10:59 EDT

Vancouver Public Library's Inspiration Lab Just Made Learning Cool

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The library is more than a place for books and storytime these days. It's now a hive for making music videos and recording podcasts — at least in Vancouver anyway.

The Vancouver Public Library opened its Inspiration Lab on Tuesday. Vancouverites now have free access to technology they can use to create movies, music, animation, e-books, and photos — and all you need is your library card.

The downtown space offers 3,000 sq.-ft. of soundproof booths.

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One room is equipped with a video camera, LED lights, control room, 18-channel mixer and a full-on green screen for creating music videos.

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Another studio has two microphones for recording podcasts or live interviews.

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You can use 12 computers with editing software, as well as programs to convert your analog videos to digital ones.

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(Look! The view isn't bad, either.)

vancouver inspiration lab

The library is giving special tours until the end of May, as well as one-on-one sessions to help get visitors' projects rolling.

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Later this year, the digital hub will welcome experts in film, game development and digital design to give week-long boot camps and workshops to really get the creative cogs turning.

Pretty neat, we must say!


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