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Our Center for Innovation is a state-of-the-art space dedicated to learning and creating.

This space takes the library’s mission – empowering citizens through free and public access to knowledge – to the next level by connecting the community to technology and educational resources that may otherwise be out of reach for many. The goal is to exemplify digital literacy and workforce development by offering unprecedented access to a variety of technologies.

Never before have Arkansas citizens had access to this level and range of technology at zero cost. The Center for Innovation provides not only opportunities for the pursuit of artistic endeavors but also allows for technical and job skill-building. At more than 5,000 square feet, the Center for Innovation offers unprecedented public access to technology and courses that run the gamut from workforce simulation and virtual reality to audio/video production & editing. It houses cutting-edge equipment in each of its tailored labs. The space is open to all ages however, those under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

How do I... 

- reserve a space?

Click here to reserve a space or simulator in the CFI. Studio and Simulator reservations are held for 30 minutes before being cancelled and made available for walk-in reservations. If you are running late, please call the CFI desk at 479-856-7050 to hold your reservation.

- get oriented to use a space?

Three of our spaces require an orientation prior to being able to access them:

- the Audio Studio
- the Video Studio
- the Fabrication & Robotics Lab

The audio and video studio orientations are offered every month and can be found on our events calendar by searching for “orientation.” The orientation video and quiz for the Fabrication & Robotics Lab are available online.

CFI Programming

The Center for Innovation offers classes teaching participants about 3D modeling, how to use the heat press to make custom pillowcases, introductory filmmaking classes, and so much more. View all our upcoming events on the events calendar by searching for “CFI.”

For a list of resources, links, and tutorials for the Center's classes, suites, and equipment:


CFI Events
Sun, Jan 29, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
CFI: Video Production Studio
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jan 30, 10:00am - 12:00pm
This event is full

Tue, Jan 31, 11:00am - 1:00pm
New date Wednesday, February 01, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Tue, Jan 31, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
CFI: Koenig Family Fabrication and Robotics Lab
This event is full

Tue, Jan 31, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
CFI: J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Center for Innovation
This event is full

Wed, Feb 01, 11:00am - 1:00pm
CFI: Video Production Studio
This event is full

Thu, Feb 02, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
CFI: Audio Production Studio

Sat, Feb 04, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
CFI: Audio Production Studio
This event is full

Audio Production Studio

This space is complete with professionally designed acoustics enhancing a large performance studio, control room, and an isolation room.  A separate Isolated Vocal booth for podcasting and vocal performances adds to the capabilities. Creative software and hardware from Avid and Adobe allow users to mix, edit and refine their creations.

The studio features various tools, including:

·      A variety of microphones

·      Avid S4 mixing console

·      Dante based artist headphone mixing system

·      AVID MTRX Base

·      MTRX 8 Channel input/output cards

·      MTRX Dante Expansion Card

·      AVID HD Native Thunderbolt

·      AVID ProTools, Apple Logic, and Adobe Creative Suite software

This studio requires users to attend an orientation class before being granted access to the space. Interested people can find the audio studio orientation classes on our website. This space is intended for users 15 and older unless accompanied by an adult who has attended the orientation. 

Reserve the space

Video Production Studio

This space is equipped with professional-level tools from Blackmagic Designs and Avid: Edit on Demand software.

The studio features various tools, including:

·      Blackmagic 4k Cameras (2)

·      Blackmagic video camera control panel

·      Blackmagic 4k Video Switcher

·      Teleprompters

·      Allen and Heath SQ5 Audio Mixer

·      Lavalier and shotgun Microphones

·      Green Screen

·      Professional lighting grid with ETC EOS software and a variety of lighting fixtures

This studio requires users to attend an orientation class before being granted access to the space. Interested people can find these classes on our website. This space is intended for users 15 and older unless accompanied by an adult who has attended the Video Studio Orientation.

Reserve the space

Simulation Lab

This space has been designed as a resource for workforce training, utilizing large equipment simulators to offer the hands-on experience beneficial in learning a new skill. The Crossland Simulation Lab features several opportunities to learn various trades right here in the library. The simulators are professional training tools for ages 13 and up.

The simulator collection includes:

Redbird SD flight simulator

FAA, government-approved, fully enclosed flight simulator. This simulator will allow for the configuration of over 30 different aircraft and allow for real-world instruction and practice opportunities. It is currently set up as the popular, Cessna 172.



Truck Simulator

(EF-Truck NG Simulator System) 

This innovative system incorporates a 3-axis motion base, actual OEM truck cab components including the steering column, wheel and hand controls, shifter, pedals, and air-ride seat, as well as a specialized multi-speed transmission that simulates the most popular transmissions used today, and much more. This simulator can be configured into various types of large trucks and transmissions.



CAT (Caterpillar) Hydraulic Excavator

The CAT simulator comes complete with a built-in curriculum that walks users through the operating procedures. This simulation training includes multiple machine applications built with Cat expert operators to teach the same techniques as found on real-world worksites.


Forklift simulator

The Sit-Down CB Forklift-Simulator features actual OEM controls to ensure consistency when transitioning to real-world applications. The Virtual Reality headset that runs the simulator provides realistic sights and sounds that immerse the user in the forklift operations.


Car Simulator 

The car simulator allows users to practice driving on a variety of street conditions, including a foggy night or a snowy day. It records drives and allows playback, perfect for instructor feedback. This driving simulator was donated by Friends of Fayetteville Public Library.


**Please note that the simulators are not toys. 

Virtual Reality Studio

The Virtual Reality Studio is being reimagined into the workforce development center of the future. 

Coming soon...virtual skilled trades certifications through immersive virtual reality experiences!

*The VR studio is now unavailable for general game play, please keep an eye out for any scheduled VR gaming programs*

Photography Studio

This studio includes all the tools needed for both amateur and professional photographers alike.

The studio features various tools, including:

·      Canon R-series digital cameras

·      Various lighting options

·      A selection of backdrops

·      A table-top lightbox

·      Tripods

·      Light meters

·      And more!



Fabrication & Robotics Lab

The fabrication & robotics lab houses tools that inspire creativity and creation. 3D print miniature characters for your favorite table top game, laser engrave a custom gift, create an injection mold using our resin printer or make something completely new!


The space features various tools, including:

·      Epilog Zing 24, 40-watt laser cutter and engraver

·      Fusion 3 F410 3D printer

·      Phrozen Sonic Mini 4k Resin 3D printer

·      Snap Maker 3-in-1

·      Swing Away Heat Press

·      Arduinos

·      And more!


The lab requires users to watch an orientation video and pass a quiz before being granted access to the space.

Check our events calender to sign up for an Open Maker Lab! These events are for patrons who have completed the orientation and would like to start making projects.

Computer Collaboration Space  

The lab contains 12 Apple iMacs complete with Adobe Creative Cloud, AVID ProTools and Media Composer software. The Adobe Suite is designed for graphic design, video editing, web development, 3D design, photo editing, and more!

Currently available software:

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

  • Adobe Acrobat DC
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Animate
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Character Animator
  • Adobe Dimension
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe InCopy
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic
  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe Rush
  • Adobe XD

Other editing tools

  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Blender
  • Audacity
  • Garage Band
  • iMovie
  • Inkscape

Items marked with an asterisk * require the user to provide their own account to use.

Avid Tools

  • Avid Media Composer
  • Pro Tools
  • Avid Nexis

Microsoft Office/Mac equivalents

  • Microsoft Excel / Numbers
  • Microsoft OneNote / Notes
  • Microsoft PowerPoint / Keynote
  • Microsoft Word / Pages

3D Design/Print & Laser tools

  • Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Chitubox
  • Preform
  • Slic3r
  • SnapMaker Luban
  • EpilogApp


  • Arduino
  • Unity *
  • VEXCode IQ
  • VEXCode V5
  • Visual Studio

Editing Suite

The editing suite is a space designed to perfect your video and audio creations. This suite has an iMac for audio and video editing, an AVID DNXIO for importing and exporting your media, and Genelec speakers for audio monitoring.



Podcasting Booth 

This room is perfect for one-two people working on recording vocals. With a high-quality microphone and a Sound Device Audio Recorder/Mixer, users will find their recordings to be of high quality with tools that are designed for everyone to use. Welcome packet is already in the Whisper Room and most users should find the instructions helpful in getting started and recording.