The North Platte Public Library will be closed to the public from May 7-23 to construct a Makerspace, a place for making, learning, exploring and sharing with technological tools.

Book stacks will be moved. Construction started on an interior room that will be used as a Makerspace, Library Director Cecelia Lawrence said.

In 2017, the library received an Innovation Studio grant from the Nebraska Library Commission and the Institute of Museums and Libraries.

From September-January, the library will have a variety of borrowed equipment for patrons to use and try out, including a 3D Printer; CNC Router; Vinyl Cutter; Laser Etcher / Cutter; Makey-Makey; Soldering Station; Arduino Kit; Sparkfun Inventors Kit; Button Maker Kit; Camera and Video Creator Kit; Laminator Kit; Heat Press Machine; LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Kit and an Embroidery Machine.

In January, the library hopes to buy equipment for the community to permanently use in the makerspace, Library Director Cecelia Lawrence said.

The library will be open regular hours until Monday, May 7.

Regular hours:

• Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

• Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

• Sunday: Closed.

No books will be due back to the library while the library is closed, nor will any fines accrue; however, the book drop in front of the building will be open to return books.