New ThinkTank High Tech Community Workspace now Open at Cupertino Library

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2018

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Idea originated from community feedback by local stakeholders

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Patrons to the Cupertino Library have a new space in which to collaborate and meet with the opening of their new ThinkTank, available for groups of between 4 and 15 people. Patrons will be able to reserve the ThinkTank, a workspace with mobile tables that can be set up for meetings or folded away for a small class, for up to 2 hours a week using their Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) library card, up to 30 days in advance.

“The ThinkTank is a modern meeting room, with interactive media equipment to project documents on the large monitor and walls painted with whiteboard paint for inspiration,” said County Librarian Nancy Howe. “This new space is another example of how the Library values creativity, inspiration, and collaboration in our communities

Whether it be a teen club, a book group for adults, or a nonprofit board meeting, the ThinkTank can be reserved by to groups that need a private space to meet. The room has a wall-mounted touchscreen monitor, called the Mondopad, which serves as a projector and large tablet for users, as well as a videoconference screen for online virtual meetings. Room users should bring their own laptops, tablets or smartphones to cast their screens on the Mondopad so the whole group can better work together.

The ThinkTank is on the library’s second floor (see accompanying photos). The idea for the space came out of a summer 2018 survey of patrons, which showed that civic, nonprofit and community groups have a need for meeting space that is open outside of regular business hours. Student study groups are another expected frequent user of the space. The ThinkTank will be available for use Monday through Friday from 10:30 am – 8:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am – 6:00 pm.

About the Santa Clara County Library District

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work. In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2016, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.

The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2016, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 270,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors who borrowed 9.1 million items.

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 Nancy Howe/Diane Roche/Erik Sanjurjo
 Santa Clara County Library District
 (408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3080/3014