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Equipment | Submit 3D Print Job | Software | Prices/Policies/Waivers



What is a makerspace?

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 four different Virtual Reality headsets, including the Oculus Quest, Oculus Go, Playstation 4 VR, and Google Cardboard. 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 (see below).








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

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!




DigiHero 3D Pen

Try your hand at creating cool 3D designs! Compatible with both PLA and ABS filament, the adjustable feed enables you to regulate speed and flow of the different filament colors. Patrons may purchase filament for a small fee (see Materials below).









Green Screen w/ Lighting

Making a film and want to add in some cool special effects? Reserve time in the Workshop to use our Green Screen Video Lighting Kit!  Once you’ve captured the footage you need, head into the library’s Digital Studio (conveniently located just steps away) to finish your project!

Reserve the Green Screen



Creativebug (requires library card)

Silhouette Studio


LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Home Edition

Prices, Policies, and Waivers

Read the Workshop Policy



Prior to using Workshop equipment, users must sign a liability waiver to be kept on file.

Waivers available in the Workshop or download to fill out beforehand


Material Prices

  • 1 inch button sets – 10 cents
  • 2.25 inch button sets – 20 cents
  • 12×12 vinyl sheet and heat transfer paper – $1.00
  • Thread – $1.00 per hour
  • 3D Pen filament – $1.00 per hour (contact Workshop for up-to-date list of available filament colors)

Location & Hours

Aspen Drive Library, Vernon Hills
Location: Near the lobby/cafe area.
Open Lab Hours: Mondays 6 pm-8:30 pm

Cook Park Library, Libertyville
Location: Lower Level near the Teen Zone.
Open Lab Hours: Saturdays 9 am-1 pm