LPCPL Exchange FAQs
What is the LPCPL Exchange?
The LPCPL Exchange is the newest La Porte County Public Library location. It is a multi-use community space meant for creation and collaboration. Inside there are meeting rooms, a makerspace, study pods, audio and visual recording studios, and more!
What can I do at the LPCPL Exchange?
The LPCPL Exchange has a variety of spaces and equipment for you to use! You can work on a project in the meeting rooms and study spaces, get creative with tools and equipment, or develop skills on digital equipment. You can also register for equipment, make-it, and learn-it classes to build or improve your skills in a supportive, collaborative environment.
Who can use the space?
Per the policy, children ages 8-11 must have an adult present. 12 and up can be independent.
Can I just come in and start using equipment?
You can reserve study rooms and meeting spaces, use the open seating, or create with craft equipment and hand tools any time during open hours. Some equipment requires training and a brief orientation. You can begin your training at the LPCPL Academy.
How will you know if I’ve been certified for the equipment?
Everyone who completes equipment training will be issued a free account through Fabman.io. This allows us to easily track who has been certified on equipment and allows you to make equipment reservations. You will also be issued a card that will turn on the reserved equipment if you are certified to use it. You may use your phone or tablet in place of the physical card.
What kind of tools and equipment are available?
The LPCPL Exchange has a variety of equipment suitable for different skill levels and interests. To view a list of equipment, please visit our Maker Lab Equipment Page.
Are materials included too?
Classes always include all necessary materials. For independent projects, basic materials and beginner ready-to-make project kits are available for you. Please contact the LPCPL Exchange to verify the availability of products before visiting. You can bring materials of your own as long as they are suitable for the machines you are using.
Can I just work on my computer instead?
Absolutely. You can enjoy fast Wi-Fi, reservable spaces, and comfortable seating any time during open hours! We even have computers with software you can use to complete your projects.
Is there a membership or fee to use the space?
There is no membership or fee to use the space. There is a policy that all users must follow and waivers are required for use of certain equipment.
Do classes or workshops cost money?
Workshops and classes are always free! You can register and learn from knowledgeable library staff or volunteers as often as you want, free of charge!
I want to come in and make something, but I don’t know where to start. What do you recommend?
Classes are a great way to try something new! Each class provides the instruction necessary to complete a project in a friendly, welcoming environment. There are also a variety of beginner level ready-to-make kits for you to get started with. You can also find a project to try on Creativebug or another virtual platform.
I really love what you do and want to help. What can I do?
If you are interested in helping at the LPCPL Exchange, we can always use more volunteers! If you have special skills or training, you can teach a class. If leading a class doesn’t work for you, you can volunteer to help set up and tear down events and classes or assist with tours of the building.
Is there anything else cool I should know?
Visit laportelibrary.org and the event calendar to stay up-to-date on library news, LPCPL Exchange updates, and current classes. We hope to see you soon!