CPL’s Innovation Lab allows us to experiment with new ideas in library services and programs.
Our first innovation experiment is the Maker Lab, CPL’s version of a hackerspace or makerspace, a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in technology and science, come together to learn and collaborate. Makerspaces are growing in popularity across the globe and are supported by a vibrant maker culture, a technology-based extension of the DIY (do-it-yourself) movement. Today, makerspaces are found at universities, museums and, increasingly, public libraries.
Created in partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry, the Maker Lab offers an introduction to:
- 3D software
- 3D printers
- laser cutters
- milling machine
- vinyl cutter
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Monday through Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Maker Lab Classes and Workshops »
Check out free workshops, open lab hours and drop-in demonstration hours. Every Sunday is family day, with activities for children under 14.
Made possible with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the Maker Lab is open through December 31.
For more information, call (312) 747-4400 or check out the Maker Lab blog.