A new library in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is looking to become the first public library in the United States to make online learning a part of its offerings.
The new library, called the Vanderbilt Library, will open online reading and writing labs for anyone to use.
Vanderbilt Library officials say they plan to host reading and reading-related workshops and events, as well as a library-wide programming center for new students, for the first two months of the new library’s opening.
The library has partnered with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and other academic institutions, and will offer a wide variety of materials, from fiction to graphic novels, on its website.
The Vanderbilt Library is a public library, meaning that all students in grades kindergarten through grade 12 will have access to it.
A number of educational programs and initiatives have been implemented in the Vanderbilt library since it opened in September.
Students and faculty at the new Vanderbilt Library will receive training in the online learning space, as the library will be a “vibrant community for learning,” according to a press release.
The goal is to make the library an accessible learning environment that students and faculty can use to learn and think about the material, according to the release.
Vanderbilt Libraries will be open to students, faculty, and staff for the next three months, as they work to create an open and inclusive learning environment for all Vanderbilt students, staff, and faculty.
Students who have already enrolled in Vanderbilt courses or are looking for help are invited to enroll online at www.vandernauldlibrary.org.