Library to Launch New In-House Driving Simulator!

By Martin County Library System February 8, 2024

In a move to enhance community services, the Martin County Library System is proud to announce the introduction of a driving simulator at the Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown, made possible by a generous donation from the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. The driving simulator is designed to assist individuals who are learning to drive, particularly those without ready access to a vehicle. It offers a virtual driving experience, complete with adjustable controls, lifelike graphics, and various driving scenarios.

This initiative is expected to have a significant impact on the community. The simulator will be available to library visitors ages 15 and up, on a first come, first served basis during open hours. The Ultra Driving Simulator, by SSI Inc, is designed to cater to learners of all levels, featuring beginner, intermediate, and advanced driving situations. It includes a range of scenarios such as city driving, highway navigation, and even challenging weather conditions.

"Our goal is to make learning to drive as accessible as reading a book," says William Blum, Elisabeth Lahti Library Branch Manager. "By offering this free resource, we're opening doors for many in our community who need this essential skill but may not have the resources to practice."

In conjunction with the driving simulator, multilingual Adult Literacy Kits are available for loan and are designed to prepare users for driver license examinations. Library cardholders can reserve kits in advance, scheduling a time to borrow the kit for a 30-day period that works for them. Other Adult Literacy kit topics include GED and citizenship testing and can be reserved by visiting

The driving simulator is the most recent addition to the library’s idea labs, which offer the opportunity to explore new and emerging technology at all branch locations. “The library recognizes that the way people access information and learn has changed – for more than 10 years, idea labs have offered access to the equipment and software that’s required to navigate our modern, digital world,” says KC Hudson, Digital Services Manager. “Providing our community with free ways to access technology – like 3D printers, flight simulators, and virtual reality – continues to position the library as a unique and valuable resource for both education and entertainment.”

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