The Aurora, Colo., Public Library (APL) launched a public computer center inside a Kmart store in Northern Aurora, which may be one of the first “big box” library computer centers in the country.
The Colfax and Chambers Library Computer Center is a collaboration between Aurora and the Kmart Super Center on East Colfax Avenue, and is located at the front of the store, next to the checkout counters. Banks and credit unions are now located in big box and grocery stores, and the Kmart location will likewise provide high foot traffic and reach citizens who don’t usually go to traditional library locations.
The center offers 11 public computers with Web availability. Customers can print, return library materials and place requests for any item in the Aurora Library System and many other Colorado library systems to be delivered to the site for pick-up. A library staff person is on site Monday through Saturday to assist customers. Plans for the center include free computer classes and other programs.
In late August, a similar but larger computer and youth center will open at the former Hoffman Heights library location at Peoria Street and 14th Avenue. The site will also include a teen/community center operated by the Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space department, working in tandem with the Library Computer Center to provide a variety of library and recreational services and programs.
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