unBound

unBound building exterior

Location & Contact Details

Hours

Sunday: Closed
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact

Phone: (208) 888-4451

Address: 
722 E. 2nd St.
Meridian, ID 83642

unBound Manager

Jane Olsen

208.888.4451, ext. 1420

jolsen@mld.org 

Origins

The idea for unBound grew out of makerspace activities and community feedback. In 2012, the Meridian Library District secured a grant to purchase its very first 3D printer, primarily for use in teen programs. As our staff streamlined the use of 3D printing in the library and began offering new technology classes and events, it quickly became apparent that our community's need extended beyond those services and programs. Meridian needed spaces and support for entrepreneurs, and the library was uniquely positioned to fill that role. That led to the idea for unBound, a location that would offer access to technology for the purpose of supporting businesses.

In October 2015, unBound opened in its original downtown Meridian location, the old Farmers and Merchants Bank building at 713 N. Main Street. The Meridian Development Corp leased that space to the library for just $1, and we were able to pilot our vision for unBound and continue learning from our community. This innovative technology and business branch went from proposal to operation in only 6 months. For the three years the original building was open, we welcomed over 35,000 visitors. We were a part of people’s projects, lives, and side hustles. We witnessed podcasts organizing community events, introduced people to virtual worlds, and watched ideas become reality.

We closed the original unBound space in February 2019 to make way for the Old Town Lofts development – a mix of apartments, restaurants, shops and office space. This was not a surprise. One of our goals was to help revitalize downtown Meridian, so moving out after just 3 years meant we did our job! We moved back into the Cherry Lane location to set up a temporary “unBound Lite” as we planned for the future of this unique library.

Current Location

In April 2019, the Meridian Library District purchased the 3,700-square-foot, 2-story AEI Systems Group shop at 722 E 2nd Street, allowing us to reinstate unBound in the heart of downtown Meridian. The well-known electronics repair shop was built by the Thomson Family in 1949-51. That legacy of entrepreneurship and technology was a perfect fit for unBound. 

Design work for the new space was completed May 2020, and construction commenced on June 15, 2020.

The final project cost for unBound's renovation was $1,296,031 – slightly under our $1.3 million budget. The project was paid for with 2020 and 2021 operating funds, in large part with funds from new construction tax revenue, saving plant facility levy funds for the upcoming Orchard Park library project. unBound also received about $40,000 in support from the U.S. Bank Foundation, Idaho Community Foundation, TDS Fiber, First Interstate Bank, and individual donations, thanks in large part to the Meridian Library Foundation. Those grants and donations helped to purchase furniture, equip the building with technology, and support workforce development programs.

unBound opened for services at its new location on April 19, 2021. 

Two photos: Leadership cutting a ribbon in front of unBound and group of unBound staff outside building.

                              

The 3,700-square-foot, 2-story building at 722 NE 2nd Street was originally an electronics repair shop called AEI Systems Group. The Meridian Library District worked with MSR Design and CM Company to transform the space into unBound. 

Side by side photos of the unBound building exterior and entrance in the middle of renovation and after it was complete

 

Side by side photos of unBound's bookshelf area and Work space in the middle of renovation and after it was complete

 

Side by side photos of unBound's Meet and Share spaces in the middle of renovation and after it was complete

 

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

CNC Workshop

2:00pm - 5:00pm
unBound
Open
Registration
Library Branch: unBound
Room: CNC Machine
Age Group: Adults, Seniors
Program Type: Attend an Event, Build Your Skills, Do an Activity, Learn About It
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Details:

This workshop is for those who have taken one of our basics courses, or have had training on our CNC machine and have a design ready to mill on our machine! Hands-on activities will allow you to put your learning into practice.

Disclaimer(s)

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

We often take photographs during library events. Please let our photographer know if you do not want us to publish photos of your child.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.
Library Branch: unBound
Room: unBound Meet
Age Group: Adults, Seniors
Program Type: Find Support, Learn About It
Event Details:

Are you a small business owner seeking personalized guidance, support, and valuable insights to propel your business to new heights?

This event is in the "Teens (grades 7-12)" group.

Teenpreneur- Business Startup

6:00pm - 7:00pm
unBound
Open
Registration
Library Branch: unBound
Room: Flexible Open Space
Age Group: Teens (grades 7-12)
Program Type: Attend an Event, Get Involved, Learn About It
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Details:

Are you a teen with big dreams and innovative ideas?

Disclaimer(s)

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

We often take photographs during library events. Please let our photographer know if you do not want us to publish photos of your child.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.
Library Branch: unBound
Room: unBound Meet
Age Group: Adults, Seniors
Program Type: Attend an Event, Find Support, Meeting
Event Details:

Are you looking for guidance and advice from successful entrepreneurs and business owners? SCORE Treasure Valley offers just that! Their business mentors are eager to share their knowledge and expertise with you.

This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

Cricut Basics

11:00am - 1:00pm
unBound
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: unBound
Room: Flexible Open Space
Age Group: Adults, Seniors
Program Type: Attend an Event, Build Your Skills, Learn About It
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:

Whether you're interested in making personalized gifts, home décor, or adding a creative touch to your projects, the Cricut Basics Class is the perfect starting point. This class is open to crafters of all skill levels, from beginners to thos

Disclaimer(s)

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

We often take photographs during library events. Please let our photographer know if you do not want us to publish photos of your child.

CLOSED Memorial Day

All Day
Some Branches
Closing
Branches:
Cherry Lane, Orchard Park, Silverstone, unBound, Community, Tiny Library, Digital