OMAHA — A former Omaha bookstore will be converted into a library that will offer visitors access to the latest digital information and technology.
The Community Information Trust, a private nonprofit, purchased the closed Borders store and its parking lots for about $4 million in August.
The planned digital library, expected to open in November, will have individual computer stations with access to library databases around the world. It will also have areas dedicated to interactive story times for children and production areas featuring 3-D printers.
"That's where it really gets exciting," Omaha Public Library Director Gary Wasdin said. "To see what people can do when they get their hands on these tools."
Heritage Services, an Omaha nonprofit, will renovate the building, gutting and wiring it for the technology.
The nonprofit declined to say how much the work will cost. Heritage Services President Sue Morris said fundraising has already started, with support coming in from "several generous donors."
"The response has been very positive," she said.
Walter Scott Jr., Heritage Services' co-founder and chairman, said the facility will be "a library of the 21st century."
It "will help position the Omaha community as a leader in access to, and understanding of, the digital world in which we all live," he said.