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Temporary shipping container-turned-library to open in NoMa

Expect fabrication lab courses and work space, a tool library, and more

Rendering via D.C. Public Library

NoMa is going to get a brand new, temporary library in the form of a shipping container. As first reported by Washington Business Journal, the D.C. Public Library (DCPL) plans on creating a “Container Lab” in one 40-foot and one 20-foot shipping container on a vacant lot at 1150 First Street NE.

Rather than be used for storage, the shipping container will house educational programming for fabrication lab courses and work space, a tool library, and bike repair tools and classes.

Another temporary “Fabrication Lab” will also be constructed at the Reeves Center at 2000 14th Street NW. The 1,900-square-foot temporary facility will offer equipment like a laser cutter, 3-D printers, soldering tools, CNC machines, and 3-D scanners. The lab will also house the DCPL’s passport office, according to the Washington Business Journal.

The opening date for the Container Lab and Fabrication Lab has not yet been revealed.

Here’s a new use for a shipping container: a D.C. library [Washington Business Journal]