Technical Library (in progress)

Our goal:

to open a technical library and quiet workspace (and provide a physical space for The Math Citadel's research division) in the Historic King Drive BID in Milwaukee, WI

Why:

Public libraries don't carry more advanced technical content, and typically cater mostly to youth.

Most people do not have access to higher level technical content, yet they need it to do their jobs well. Engineers, data scientists, software developers, industry chemists, logistics experts, and many more all are kept out of university libraries due to a lack of affiliation.

Academic research rarely manages to truly filter into the private sector until years or decades later, slowing innovation

How many truly quiet publicly accessible spaces do we have?

Coffee Shops?

Loud conversations, constant flow of traffic, the sound of frothing milk... All great for socializing and catching up. Not great for deep thought and concentration

Co-working spaces?

The common alternatives to working from home or in a cube farm are open-office fishbowls, with the same level of loudness and distraction as a restaurant. Not great for deep thought and concentration

What we're Offering:

a quiet place to think in a space with resources previously off-limits due to cost of acquisition or lack of university affiliation

Who It's For:

individuals and businesses who could benefit from a technical library and quiet workspace

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Library Contents

Chemistry

physical
organic
inorganic
theoretical
computational
and more

Physics

classical
quantum
electricity/magnetism
thermodynamics
and more

Engineering

aerospace
electrical
chemical
mechanical
industrial/OR
networking
and more

Computer Science

theoretical
algorithms
software engineering
computer engineering
machine learning
data science
and more

Mathematics

applied
discrete
analysis
modern algebra
probability/stochastics
geometry
trigonometry
linear algebra
and much, much more

Public Outreach

Public lectures/seminars

Local professors and engineers will be invited to give talks to the general public about their work and research. We'd like to showcase the great engineering and academic work that goes on in Milwaukee and invite the public to join in.

Business/Academic Events

Poster sessions, round-table meetings, etc. between the business and academic communities will help foster collaboration and keep funding local to Milwaukee. We want to provide a gathering space for productive discussion and collaboration so the private sector and academic departments of Milwaukee can thrive together.

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Operation Policies

Individual Memberships

There will be two tiers:
- access to the library only (goal price $10/month)
-access and check-out privileges (goal price $25/month)

Corporate Memberships

BENEFITS
-employee library access
-ability to request books
-discounts on professional private lectures/training
-literature review services for engineering (large membership only)
GOAL PRICING
Small: $100/month/employee
Large: $50,000/year (access for the first 200 employees) + $50/month/employee after

What's Needed:

  • Book Acquisition
  • Space Rental
  • Necessary Permits
  • Interior design and furniture
  • Reserves/Incidentals

Estimated Startup Costs:

Min: $75,000 Stable: $150,000

Early investment/membership purchase earns you an extra three months free, with the year starting when the doors open. Valid until startup funding is met.