If you’re overdue on learning all the resources available at the Richmond Public Library, here are five things to check out.
First things first — you’ll need a library card. Richmonders and people who live in surrounding cities + counties (including Chesterfield, Henrico, and Hanover) can get a card for free.
🎙 Innovation and Memory Labs
The Main Branch (101 E. Franklin St.) is home to two labs with tools to create + research. Get access to Adobe Creative Cloud, 3D printing and scanning, and sewing machines at the Innovation Lab. Then, embark on an oral history project with the audio-visual tools in the Memory Lab. Pro tip: Contact a librarian before you visit so you’ll be ready to use the equipment.
RPL can help your words come to life in the form of a print-ready eBook. You can also submit your work to the Indie Author Project, which will share it with readers around VA.
🪴 Gardening tips
Master gardeners are always on hand via a virtual help desk on the RPL website. Whether you’re curious about native plants or understanding soil test results, the experts will help you dig into all things gardening.
The master gardeners also visit various branches for in-person help sessions. Today, they’ll be at Belmont (3100 Ellwood Ave.) from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
💸 Grants and funding
The money could be out there for your next project — and RPL can help you find it. Through the Funding Information Network, you can access print + electronic resources. Schedule an information session with a librarian.
🧩 Meeting rooms
Find a home for your nonprofit or special interest group by reserving space in a meeting or study room. Meetings must be open to the public.
Book it over to the RPL website for even more library resources.