FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the purpose of the Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center?

The purpose of the Gateway is to provide an environment for residents to experience the latest technology, research information, discover the unknown, and enjoy time with family and friends.

What ages will benefit from visiting the Gateway? 

All ages are invited to the Gateway.  Programs offer something for everyone: senior citizens, professionals, college students, teens, pre-teens and children.  Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What services are offered at the Gateway? 

Programs are scheduled to provide digital instructions on devices, including tablets, iPads, laptops, and even cell phones.  Special programs include workshops on financial awareness, and information searches. Spaces are available for meetings and collaborative activities for small gatherings of two people to large groups of up to 200.  The Gateway is a place for both individuals and teams, whether it’s a corporate group or class..  Exploration through educational applications on interactive tables and walls allows children to have fun while learning.  And don’t forget to visit the coffee shop to get your creative juices flowing.

Are laptops, iPads, and Tablets available for use at the Gateway?  

Laptops, iPads, and tablets can be checked out for use within the center with a picture ID or Tuscaloosa Public Library card.

How will the center impact the residential and commercial aspect of the neighborhood? 

The Gateway serves as a hub of activity and learning for residents and businesses alike.  Free Wi-Fi supports research and collaboration in and around the center. The environment is inviting to all who grab a coffee, check out a device, or experience one of the interactive walls. With its high-tech learning programs and meeting place readiness, the Gateway enhances the Alberta area and allows Tuscaloosa residents and businesses to connect to the latest technology and to each other.

How do I reserve a room?   

Space or rooms available can be reserved at tuscaloosagateway.com/schedule/.   For a tour of the center, call 205-248-4949.

Can I use my Tuscaloosa Public Library card at The Gateway? 

Yes, your TPL card is accepted at The Gateway.

Is Wi-Fi access free at the Gateway and available after hours?  

Yes, the Gateway offers free wireless access for all devices used in the building.  After hours, as a service of the City of Tuscaloosa and the Gateway, Wi-Fi is available to those within range.

Are there volunteer opportunities available at the Gateway?  

Volunteers play a major role in the activities at The Gateway.  Volunteers are needed to assist with technology, programs, and answering questions.  To learn more about volunteering and to apply, visit tuscaloosagateway.com/join/volunteer/ or pick up an application at the Gateway information desk.

Where can I learn more about the Gateway? 

Download the Gateway app at play.google.com/store and itunes.apple.com/appstore.  Also, keep up to date by following @tuscaloosagateway on instagram and liking Tuscaloosa Gateway on Facebook.