unBound Technology Library

Opening April 19, 2021 Photos by Meridian Library Foundation

Meridian Library District’s unBound branch will be a community resource for small businesses and entrepreneurs providing free access to innovative technology, meeting space, and classes. unBound is a public library branch focused on providing access to emerging technology, business workshops & technology classes.

How can you support the unBound project?


The Foundation was awarded a $7500 Community Ties Giving Program Workforce Development Grant from Union Pacific toward the purchase of a Muse Titan Laser.

"This new Muse Titan Laser will be a new favorite among staff and patrons as it can engrave/cut most wood, fabric, leather, glass, stone, & more. This technology is easy to learn and use, and will offer 5x the print build capacity, and a more powerful laser than the current model at unBound." - Nick Grove, Tech Library Manager for unBound

This grant was awarded as a Workforce Development Grant. Union Pacific has an interest in "up-skilling" the existing workforce by providing training and resources that enable them to reach the next level of their career. unBound is also dedicated to providing education and career resources to help the workforce build on existing, or learn new skills that can launch them to the next levels of their career.

NEW  refrigerator & countertop dishwasher

A new refrigerator & countertop dishwasher have been purchased for the unBound Technology Library to improve breakroom amenities & public programming.

This project has been made possible by the ACHD Commuteride Workspace Mobility Grant! For more information on this and other Workspace Mobility Grant recipients, please visit commuteride.com/mobility-grant

ACHD Commuteride was established in 1976 as a program of the Ada County Highway District to promote smart commute options through education, rideshare services, and effective partnerships in the community. Today, it operates the oldest multi-employer vanpool program in the country and provides commute programs for Treasure Valley employers and residents.

NEW  Form labs sl 3d Printer 

The Meridian Library Foundation recently received a $4,500 Grant from the ON Semiconductor Foundation for a new Form Labs 3D Printer for MLD's new unBound Technology Library.

We’re grateful to partner with the ON Semiconductor Foundation to expand the resources of the Meridian Library District. The ON Semiconductor Foundation made the purchase of this new 3D Printer possible due to its commitment to serving the needs of communities across the globe through the investment of resources. Since 2016, the company has funded more than $6.5 million in grants, employee matching and in-kind donations, as well as sponsorships and dollars-for-doers for employee volunteerism. “Investing in the communities in which we operate and where our employees live is critical to our organization as we continue our legacy of giving and 

volunteering,” said Theresa Haywood-McCarley, board secretary for the ON Semiconductor Foundation. “On behalf of the ON Semiconductor Foundation, we’re proud to support the work of the Meridian Library Foundation as we work toward making the world better together.”

We are delighted to announce that this new technology has been purchased and is now available to our community for use at the downtown technology branch.

NEW  3D Printer 

Thanks to YOUR generous support, the Foundation was able to partially fund the purchase of a new Ultimaker 3D printer (remaining funding made possible through MLD's National Medal Award).

Impact and alignment with unBound focus:
  • Impact - Entrepreneurs & small businesses can produce prototypes or proof-of-concept models
  • Workforce Development - Improves user access to additive manufacturing & encourages development of product computer aided design skills
  • unBound Focus - Create resources for small businesses & entrepreneurs in our community to quickly test/prove/improve new ideas


In December 2019 the Meridian Library Foundation received a $3,000 grant from the Idaho Community Foundation through the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund for the purchase of a Podcast Studio, software, and 3 iPad Pros to be used to support local entrepreneurs, small business owners, and patrons seeking out the use of new technology. 

Thanks to the generous support of our community, the Foundation was able to add an additional $2,174 to the grant total to both fully fund the initial proposed project, and to fund the additional amount for an upgraded model of the RodeCaster Pro 4-Person Podcast Kit (with better microphones, mounts, and headphones). This new technology will be accessible to the public when the new unBound Technology Library opens in December 2020 (anticipated).



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