Second Floor–North Building
Team Leader: Ella Mulford
Hours of Service
9 a.m.–9 p.m.
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
1 p.m.–5 p.m.
About the Department
Welcome to the Main Library’s MakerSpace. A makerspace is a place where creative people can gather, create, invent, and learn. Customers of the Library have access to 3D printers, audio and visual equipment, laser cutters and engravers, sewing machines, cameras and other hardware and software tools that they can use for free to create pretty much anything they can imagine. (Some machines require additional materials which may be purchased for a fee.)
Use our website to browse our available equipment and upcoming programs. Once you’re inspired, reserve one of the stations and come in and wow us with your designs. Machines can be reserved for up to an hour.
To learn more about using some of the equipment and software in our MakerSpace, or improve your design, coding, or multimedia production skills, check out the video tutorials in Lynda.com.
Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create, and express ourselves to feel whole. There is something unique about making physical things. These things are like little pieces of us and seem to embody portions of our souls.
Sharing what you have made and what you know about making with others is the method by which a maker’s feeling of wholeness is achieved. You cannot make and not share. The Library is sharing all of this wonderful equipment with the purpose of fostering a learning and sharing community where anyone is welcome – no matter their skill level.
There are few things more selfless and satisfying than giving away something you have made. The act of making puts a small piece of you in the object. Giving that to someone else is like giving someone a small piece of you. Such things are often the most cherished items we possess.
*Adapted from TechShop’s Maker Movement Manifesto