We have had to push the re-opening of the MakerSpace to March. We apologize for the delay! Please watch our Facebook page for updates.

What is a Makerspace?

A Makerspace is an area and/or service that offers library patrons an opportunity to create intellectual and physical materials using resources such as computers, 3-D printers, audio and video capture and editing tools, and traditional arts and crafts supplies.

Rules for Using the Space

Some equipment may only be operated by library staff. Equipment and tools for patron use are on an appointment-only basis, and we will need at least a 24-hour notice. Some equipment/tools may require additional rules. Please see the information below for each type of equipment.

Unless the library is leading a program, all materials must be furnished by the patron. Please see the information below for specifics.

To use the Makerspace, you must be a patron is good standing with ACPL (no overdues, no fines).

Use of Equipment by Patrons

Cricut Maker
Heat Press
Sewing Machine
Paper Trimmer

Use of Equipment by Staff Only

3D Printer
Laminating Machines

Equipment Rules/Procedures

Patrons must have their own Cricut Design account and may provide their own tablet or laptop. Alternatively, the library does have a desktop computer that a patron may log in to. Patrons must provide their own materials (paper, vinyl, pens, etc.) but they will need to be approved by library staff prior to use. Patrons are allowed to use the library’s Cricut tools (blades, mats, scissors, etc.). Users should know how to operate the equipment before making an appointment. Users may schedule a separate appointment for instructional use.

Our heat press consists of 15×15 heated plates. Patrons must supply their own materials for use but library staff will need to approve them ahead of time. Patrons must fill out a liability waiver form each time they use the press and receive operational instructions prior to each use. Heat gloves (provided by the library) must be worn while operating. Appointment required.

Patrons must be familiar with basic sewing machine use and use their own materials (fabric and thread). Basic tools are available, however, including scissors, cutting mats, rotary blades, stitch removers, etc. Appointment required.

Patrons are welcome to use our large paper trimmer by appointment.

The 3D Printer is unavailable for direct patron use. Patrons must email library staff at arkcitypl@acpl.org with their desired print, and a staff member will reply with an estimated cost (we charge $1 for every 30 minutes of print time) and to confirm other details. Staff will also notify a patron prior to printing so that he/she may observe a portion of the printing. Patrons may design their own prints but staff is unable to assist. Patrons may also send prints/links from Thingiverse.com. 

All prints are subject to staff approval. Patrons are not permitted to use the Library’s 3D printers to produce materials that: 

  • Violate local, state, or federal laws or regulations;
  • Look like, function as, or appear to function as weapons or parts thereof;
  • Appear unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or that otherwise pose a threat to the health or safety of others, including animals;
  • May be construed as obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment;
  • Potentially violate the intellectual property rights of others.

This service is not intended for production or manufacturing, and the Library reserves the right to refuse to print large numbers of identical objects.

Our laminating machines are for staff use only. Patrons wishing to laminate items may request this service for a fee. We charge $0.50/linear foot plus $0.25 per item trimming. Patrons may elect to do their own trimming.

For more information about the library’s GlowForge, please click HERE.

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
To upload files for 3D prints, please attach them here. Prints are subject to staff approval. Staff will reach out regarding available material/colors. If you would like a file printed from Thingiverse, just paste the link in the comment box at the bottom of this form.