The unBound Project, the Meridian Library District's technology branch, was forced to operate on a small scale out of the main library since February 2019 when they closed their doors to make way for a development project. unBound is a great local resource that offers free access to new technologies, meeting spaces, classes, and technology training assistance. At its original location between 2015-2019, unBound welcomed nearly 40,000 guests and helped them with a range of services, including prototyping, 3D printing, podcasting, and creating business plans.
Originally set to open in the fall of 2020, the much-anticipated renovations of the former AEI Systems Group building are finally wrapping up. The improvements of their new location at 733 NE 2nd Street in downtown Meridian are almost complete and the building is very close to being open. Described as a "technology library," library patrons can try out new technology and even take classes to learn more about it. With room for meeting spaces, small-business owners or entrepreneurs who are just starting out can really take advantage of its offerings. In addition, there are resources for education or advice on running a small business. Now that they have a space to call their own, unBound is looking forward to growing and offering much-needed services during a time when technology and knowing how to use technology are crucial to being successful.
They plan on opening the new location to the public in April, but those interested can already sign up for tours. While working around COVID restrictions and keeping groups small, unBound is offering a selection of time slots to preview the building. They are excited to reopen in a new, larger location at a time when access to free technology and business resources is more important than ever. From their permanent home in the heart of Meridian, unBound is positioned to continue adapting to the community's needs by providing the training, technology, and community spaces our workforce needs to thrive.