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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. 

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*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 Certified Learner program is 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 open hours without an appointment.

The machines that require certification in the Maker Room are: Cricut Maker, 3D Printers, and the Glowforge. Each machine requires separate certification. To become certified, you need to complete at least 3 1-hr appointments with staff before doing a certification appointment. During the 2-hour certification appointment the Librarian will go over safety information, machine maintenance, and room-use expectations. The Librarian will also assess your ability to complete a series of tasks which are recorded by staff and available through the Library's Beanstack app. Once certified, you can use the machine independently during Maker Room open hours or by appointment.

Group Projects

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

Open Hours 

Tuesdays, 10 am - Noon

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 open hours. 

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

Maker Events

Equipment Available 

glowforge

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

prusa MK4

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

cricut

Cricut Maker 3 Cutting Machine: Computer-controlled cutting plotter, used for cutting paper, felt, vinyl, fabric, and more. A Cricut Easy Press 2 12" by 10" Heat Press is also available. Learn more.

die cutter

Accucut Die Cut Machine and Dies

Hand operated die-cutting machine that uses commercial steel-rule dies to cut through cardstock, chipboard, fabric and more.  

List of the Accucut dies available at the Library - Accucut Die List 2023.xlsx

sewing machine

Janome Jem Gold Plus Model 661 Sewing Machines: These sewing machines offer 12 stitches, a four-step buttonhole, built-in needle threader, one-hand thread cutter and quick foot conversion.

epson perfection

Epson Perfection V600 Photo, Film, Negative, and Document Scanner: High performance scanner with a 6400x9600 dpi resolution that can scan photos, film, slides, and everyday documents.

photo scanner

Plustek Photo Scanner: Sheet-feed scanner that can quickly scan items that are 3x5, 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10, and 8.5 x 11. Scans can be made at 300 or 600 dpi.