Tue: 9 AM - 9 PM

The Workshop

Equipment | Policies/Waivers | Submit 3D Print Job


Inspiration starts here.

A place to learn, create, and explore. We connect you with the resources. You provide the imagination and creativity!


What is a makerspace?

If you don’t know what a makerspace is, don’t worry, they’re relatively new! At its most basic, a makerspace is a collaborative environment where people can work together or on their own to experiment, learn, and create using high-tech to no-tech tools. If you have an idea, the Workshop will provide the tools, training, and support you need to realize it!



The equipment and tools listed below are just some of what is available. Check back regularly to see what’s new.

The Workshop is open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Occasionally there might be a short wait.

3D Printer

Print your 3D designs at the library!

Export your design as a .stl file then send it to us. We will print your project and let you know when it’s ready to pick up.

Read our procedures and guidelines.

View our Introduction to 3D Printing Presentation.

Submit a Print Job


Vinyl Cutter

The Silhouette Portrait 2 cuts designs created on a connected computer using Silhouette Studio. With an 8″ x 12″cutting area and a cutting depth of 2mm, the Portrait 2 is capable of cutting intricate designs to 100+ different materials ranging from leather to foam. Bluetooth compatible, the Portrait 2 also comes with PixScan™ technology which enables users to create designs from pictures.

Approved Materials

Vinyl, paper, cardstock, scrapbook paper, & heat transfer material.  

File Formats


Virtual Reality Headsets

Currently, the Workshop is home to three different Virtual Reality headsets, including the Oculus Go, Playstation 4 VR, and Google Cardboard. If you would like to learn more about VR, just click here. Due to high demand, patrons are asked to keep their time with a headset limited to a maximum of 30 minutes.



Sewing Machine

The Workshop has 5 Brother Project Runway™ Computerized Sewing Machines capable of sewing, embellishing, and hemming. It comes with 100 unique built-in Stitches in addition to 55 built-in alphanumeric stitches that are perfect for creating simple monograms. The machines are able to work with a variety of different fabrics and sew at a speed of up to 850 stitches per minute.




Button Maker

Create 2.25″ or 1.0″ buttons. Patrons may purchase button making materials for a small fee.








Try your hand at programming. Simple robots that use OzoBlockly language (based on Google’s Blockly), with its optical and proximity sensors it can navigate mazes or work with other Ozobots to do more complex tasks!






LEGO Mindstorm Robotics Kit

With its easy-to-use EV3 Software running the EV3 Intelligent Brick, a compact and powerful programmable computer working in tandem with five Servo Motors and multiple sensors. If you can imagine it, you can build it!




Green Screen w/ Lighting

Making a film and want to add in some cool special effects? Then checkout one of our cameras and head into the Workshop to use our Green Screen Video Lighting Kit!  Best of all, once you’ve got the footage you need, you can reserve some time in the library’s Digital Studio (conveniently located just steps away from the Workshop) and add in all those FX you want!



Silhouette Studio


Policies and Waivers

Coming Soon.

To use certain pieces of equipment users must sign a usage agreement liability waiver that will be kept on file.


Location & Hours

Lower Level of the Cook Park Library in Libertyville, near the Teen Zone.

Open Lab Hours
Starting January 12th 2019
Saturdays: 9 am– 1 pm



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