Library opens new Learning Center

Ribbon cuttingAs part of its National Library Week celebration, the Atlantic City Free Public Library held a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce its new computer lab – The Learning Center for Computer Literacy, Education and Career Advancement – and Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) technology to the public on April 13.

The Learning Center is located on the first floor of the Main Library near the Help Desk, where the library formerly housed its Atlantic City Heritage Collections. The lab, featuring 13 laptops, will be used for the library’s computer training sessions, weekly Job Skills Lab and LEAP classes.

The Learning Center also includes four LEAP computers and four iPads for adults with vision issues. Those computers and iPads – provided by the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, in partnership with Advancing Opportunities and the N.J. State Library – are equipped with assistive technology that magnifies and can read what is shown on the screen.

The Learning Center is part of a first-floor renovation project at the Main Library. The library relocated its Heston Room, which houses the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, to the Bacharach Boulevard end of the floor to create a larger space for researchers and collections. The library also created a new public seating area, with more seating than was previously available and an electrical outlet at each seat, at the Atlantic Avenue end of the floor.