The Brookings Public Library’s Maker Lab is a place where people can engage in a variety of hands-on learning opportunities, access technology, and become more creative and empowered with new skills. Whether you like sewing, want to try your hand at laser cutting/engraving, or need a suite of software to make your latest graphic design come to life, the Maker Lab offers a variety of equipment to tinker with.
Thank you to the Larson Family Foundation for providing generous grant funding to get our Maker Lab started!
Maker Lab equipment is free to use for those aged 18+ with a BPL library card in good standing. You must provide any materials or consumables needed with the equipment or pay the per-inch fee for equipment noted below. Reservations are required to use the Maker Lab, and some equipment requires training before you can use it. You must sign a waiver and initial the guidelines document before using the space. Use this
form to reserve the space, and download the waiver and guidelines here. View our Maker Lab policy here.
Please contact Technology Services Librarian, Nancy Swenson, with questions about the Maker Lab.
The Maker Lab contains the following equipment for public use:
|3D Doodle Pens (3Doodler Create+)
|Buy plastic strands
|Adobe Creative Suite
|Block/Linoleum Printing Tools
|Button Maker (2.25" buttons) **
|Buy button sets
|Cricut Maker Electronic Cutting Machine *
|Buy materials here or a variety of other websites
|Cutting mat (8"x11")
|Cordless Foil Quill
|Glowforge Laser Cutter/Engraver *
|Green Screens (10x12ft, 6x9ft and stand)
|Grommet Hole Punch & Setter Tools
|Gyotako Printing Tools
|Kodak Mini Digital Film & Slide Scanner
|Kumihimo Braiding Tools
|Buy braiding cord
|Label Maker **
|Leather Stamping Tools
|Buy leather blanks
|Metal Stamping Tools
|Buy metal blanks
|Punch needle Embroidery Tools
|Buy monks cloth and yarn
|Scanner (Epson V600)
|Scanner (iSCAN portable hand scanner)
|Sewing Machine (Brother CS5055PRW)
|Sliding Paper Cutter (12")
|Sticker Maker **
|Tracing Light Box
|Wondershare Filmora Video Editing Software
|Wood Burning Tools
|Buy wood blanks
|Xyron ezLaminator Laminating Machine **
* Requires certification training. Contact Nancy Swenson to arrange a training.
**Tool requires cost for use - please bring small bills or change:
• Button Maker: If making 1-4 buttons, cost is $1.00 each. If making 5 or more buttons, please purchase
supplies from the link.
• Label Maker: $0.05 per inch used
• Sticker Maker: $0.10 per inch used
• Laminator: $0.10 per inch used