View of the makerspace

View of the new Makerspace

Welcome to the Tom and Mary Frances Koetter Makerspace, located in our main library.

A makerspace is just what it sounds like: a space for people to make things. Our goal is to create a space for our patrons to interact with tools and technology they may not otherwise encounter, and to be a space where people can gather, create, invent, and learn.

What’s available?

The makerspace is divided up into stations. Some stations may only contain one piece of equipment while others may have many. The following table shows which stations require certification to use; require reservations; and charge fees for materials. Click on a station name to learn more about it!

Station Certification? Access? Materials Fees?
3D Printing YES Reservation PLA
Arts & Crafts Reservation Buttons
Book repair
Laser Cutting & Engraving YES Reservation OPTIONAL: Proofgrade Acrylic, Proofgrade Plywood
Media Conversion Reservation OPTIONAL: Blank CDs, DVDs, flash drives
Photo Editing & Printing Reservation Photo prints
Recording Studio Reservation
Sewing   Reservation OPTIONAL: Bobbins
Vinyl Printing & Cutting YES Reservation Banners
Static Clings
Adhesive Vinyl

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use the makerspace?
Anyone with a JTPL library card in good standing! This includes reciprocal borrowers, non-resident cards, and PLAC cards. Children ages 12 and under may use the space as long as they are supervised by an adult at all times.
How do I get started?
Bring your JTPL library card and drop by the Makerspace to sign the following documents:

How much does it cost?
There are no fees just to use the equipment. However, some machines require additional materials which may be purchased for a fee.
How do I reserve a station?
We have made some changes to how stations are reserved. Visit the reserve makerspace equipment page for more details.
How do I get certified on equipment?
Use this Google form to submit a certification training request by letting us know what equipment you’re interested in, what days and times work best for you, and how we can contact you. A staff member will be in touch to schedule your appointment for a 1 hour 1-on-1 training session!