Information about the Library’s new makerspace

On December 8, the library is opening our new makerspace pilot project – called the MakeIT Lab. Here are some details about the project. Have questions? Feel free to ask!

One thing to remember – this is a pilot project, so guidelines, equipment, etc are all subject to change. I think it will be fun to see the room develop!

When does it open? December 8.

Where will it be located? It’ll be in that enclosed room on the west side of the New Media room, by the TV. Part of this project includes a 3D printer. It will be located by the checkout Kiosks in the Media room.

When will I get trained? Jeff Tate, Lisa Brien, and Arion Beals will be the trainers, and will be scheduling training soon. Don’t worry – you won’t have to be experts. You job is to help turn computers on, plug things in, and get software started. After that, it’s up to the customer.

That said, if you want to learn more, please do!

What can you do there? Quite a bit! Here’s a starting list of things our customers will be able to do, and hardware/software we’ll have for them to use:

Potential projects:

  • edit and manipulate photos
  • create digital art
  • create and edit videos
  • record music, podcasts, and oral histories
  • transfer videos from old formats to newer ones
  • scan photos and documents
  • and make cool stuff with our 3D printer.

Equipment in the MakeIT Lab:

  • Two Apple iMac computers
  • Alesis Elevate 3 studio monitors for the computers
  • flatbed scanner
  • Wacom digital drawing tablet
  • MakerBot 3D printer and filament
  • Canon Vixia camcorder
  • Elgato A/D converter
  • tripods and video lighting
  • M-Audio Oxygen 25 USB Keyboard controller
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio interface
  • Microphones (Audio Technica AT 2020 and Shure SM57 mics)
  • Microphone stands and cables


  • iLife suite (GarageBand, iMovie)
  • Google Sketchup
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc)

Media Bags. These are bags of equipment that customers can check out – similar to our Travel, Health. and Book Group in a Bag Bags. Each of the Media Bags will have some basic equipment and a Dummies Guide book in the bag. Bags include:

  • Video bag: Canon Vixia camcorder
  • Photography bag: Canon PowerShot digital camera
  • Field Recording bag (for podcasting, oral histories, etc): Zoom H1 digital recorder
  • Songwriters Bag: Tascam DR-40 Portable digital recorder, Audio Technica AT 2020 microphones (2 of them), mic stand and cables.

What are the guidelines for the room? Here’s the current plan for customer guidelines – again, this is subject to change.

  • Normal customer behavioral guidelines apply
  • Age limits:
    • Kids with supervision (under age 12)
    • Ages 12 and up without supervision

3D printer Guidelines:

  • What can you print? Whatever you can print in 3 hours
  • Stay with your print job
  • If the print has to finish after hours (i.e., customer started printing at 8pm, but print won’t finish until 11pm), staff will put finished print behind desk, and customer can pay the next day
  • How to print:
    • $5 per print
    • Pay using the checkout Kiosk, then get a receipt
    • Take receipt to Media Desk
    • Media Desk staff will set up the print job for customer

Room Procedures:

  • No prerequisites for room use. We will have tipsheets and some “getting started” videos
  • If more help is needed, customer should schedule an appointment with a librarian
  • How many people in the room at the same time?
    • Up to 6 people in the room at a time
  • Checking out the room & time limits
    • 3 hours a day
    • Two door keys, with barcodes. We’ll technically check out the keys.
    • Customer will check out a key using Polaris (MakeIT Lab Key #1 and #2)
    • No reserves – first-come-first-serve basis
    • Staff will need to monitor the room to make sure customers aren’t going over 3 hours
    • Close when the library closes at 9pm

Reserving Media bags:

  • Use Polaris, like the other bags
  • 7-day check out
  • Customers can place it on hold
  • Pick up at the Reference desk

That’s all the info we have at the moment. Remember – training is coming, and if you have questions, please feel free to ask!

6 thoughts on “Information about the Library’s new makerspace

  1. Cynthia Hohl on said:

    Exciting news! Will our training team (Kate & Shari) also be involved in providing support of these new devices?

  2. David Lee King on said:

    Cynthia – probably not directly. I see that as more of a job for public services and digital services. But for training – especially public-facing training, definitely. But that’s just me … let’s talk and figure that out.

  3. Kimberly Sain on said:

    Just curious–why not attach these rooms to a reservation system?


    • David Lee King on said:

      We talked about that! Since it’s one room with two computers, we decided that “checking out” the computers made more sense. It’s definitely something that we can adapt as needed.

  4. Kimberly Sain on said:

    Thank you. Yes, I see it is one room with two computers. The “two door keys” was a bit confusing. I interpreted it as one room with two defined spaces instead of just one big room with two computers. I just need to see it! It sounds like someone can record music? How would that work if I’m in there using Photoshop and the four people next to me are using a microphone to record music? It’s pretty obvious I’ve never been in a makerspace and I have a lot to learn! Thanks again–Kim

  5. David Lee King on said:

    On your question about the music/photoshop thing: Yes, that’s pretty much how it will be. The room is long, so we’ll have a computer at each end of the room. But it does have the potential to get a little awkward!

    We don’t really know how the space will be used yet, and hope to adapt it as needed. That’s part of the fun of creating it as a pilot project.