LPCPL Maker Lab

LPCPL Maker Labs gives people an opportunity of all ages to get together and informally learn STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) related technologies through hands on experience, by sharing tools, knowledge and local expertise.

What Is The LPCPL Maker Lab?

A dedicated space at the Main Library provides weekly opportunities to use equipment, collaborate, and learn new skills. Come visit our dedicated LPCPL Labs space at the Main Library to experiment with technologies and see what else we have to offer.

Where can you find the LPCPL Maker Labs?

The LPCPL Maker Labs is downstairs at the Main Library. Mobile LPCPL Carts brings technology education to our branch locations (check out our calendar of events), schools, and community events. The Mobile Classroom has also arrived! 

When can you use the LPCPL Maker Labs?

Official Makers can reserve the Maker Lab equipment during open library hours.  To confirm availability, you may call ahead to reserve your time and equipment or click the Reserve Maker Lab button above.

Who can use the Lab?

You must be 14 or older with a library account or valid picture ID to independently use the equipment in LPCPL Maker Labs without staff present. Children under the age of 14 can use the equipment if they are accompanied by an adult.

To use the lab independently, take the LPCPL Labs Official Maker course and pass a quiz. The first time Makers use LPCPL Labs, they will meet with a staff person, review the LPCPL Maker Labs Policy, and sign a waiver. Minors must have a parent or legal guardian present the first time they visit to sign their waiver.

Request an appointment here to sign your waiver or schedule a guided practice session.

Become a Certified Maker

To use the Maker Lab, you must first Become an Official Maker. You can then choose to become certified in other areas that require additional safety certification.  

Review the LPCPL Maker Policy

Checkout STEAM Resources

Volunteers and Supporters

3D Printing

Design and create 3-dimensional objects with our 3D printing technology. Download and print (or modify then print) models from Thingiverse or create your own design with user-friendly CAD software such as Tinkercad. Printing time depends on model size and printer settings. Cost is the total $.25 + $.05 per gram as calculated by printing software.

Some of our technology includes:

  • Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer
  • Rostock MAX V3.2 3D Printer

DIY Creativity Tools

Express your creativity using tools in the lab. Use makerspace laptops to design projects on Cricut Design Space, then bring your ideas to life with Cricut cutting machine and other tools. We provide the machines and software, you bring the materials you wish to use (i.e., paper, cardstock, adhesive or heat press vinyl, beads, wire, metal). Laminating pouches (8.5” x 11”) available for $.25 each or bring your own.

  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Heat Press
  • Laminator
  • Jewelry Making tool kits

Robotics and Coding

Take your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills to the next level by exploring our robots and tools for learning coding. Get started by learning to control robots with iPad minis, then experiment with block coding to design your own programs. You can jump start your coding skills online at code.org, Scratch, or MakeCode.

  • Dash
  • Sphero
  • Lego Mindstorms
  • Micro:bits
  • littleBits Code Kit
  • Arduino UNO
  • Pi-Top Inventor Kit
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