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Maker Spaces at the Library

The Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library has two unique spaces designed to connect patrons with new and emerging technology to build, design, craft, and create.

Trained library staff are available to teach and guide use of the equipment.

The spaces are free to use and available by appointment only or during open hours. 

Make an appointment

*Materials such as inputs for the 3D printers are provided for initial use while learning; repeat users may be asked to provide their own materials. 

Funding for the Maker Room is generously provided by The Giacoletto Foundation.

Certified Learners

The library has also launched a Certified Learner program for those who want to dive deeper into the equipment and learn to use it independently.

Patrons can earn badges and, once they pass the program, use the Maker Spaces during regular drop-in hours without an appointment.

Make an appointment at the link above to become a Certified Learner!

Group Projects

Would you like to use this space for your group or large project? Email events@crlibrary.org

Fall Drop-in Hours 

Thursdays, Sept. 7, Sept. 21-Oct. 26, & Nov. 9, 16, & 30, 3-5 pm 

Certified learners are welcome to use the machines they have been certified to use without having to make an appointment. This includes the Glowforge, 3D Printer, and Cricut. 

Others wanting to make buttons, use the sewing machine, or use the photo scanners can use the space without certification during drop-in hours. 

Two women work on preparing gold vinyl for a Cricut design.

Maker Events

Equipment Available 

glowforge laser cutter

Glowforge Laser Cutter: Create patterns and designs by cutting and etching into materials such as wood, paper, and acrylic.

Prusa 3-dimensional printer

Prusa MK3S+ 3D Printer: Create three dimensional objects layer by layer using a computer-created design.

Cricut Maker Cutting Machine

Cricut Maker 3 Cutting Machine: Computer-controlled cutting plotter, used for cutting paper, felt, vinyl, fabric, and more.

button makers sitting on a table

American Button Machines Button Maker: Create high-quality pinback metal buttons.