Hours:Monday–Thursday: 10 AM–8 PMFriday & Saturday: 10 AM–5 PMSunday: 1 PM–5 PM
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Patrons 18 and older may use the makerspace with no restrictions.
The Makerspace is on the second floor of the Estes Valley Library at 335 East Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park, Colorado.
The Makerspace is open for drop-in use as well as equipment reservations during library open hours, except when the room is reserved for a program. You can check for reserved times using the online calendar. Schedules are also posted on the Makerspace whiteboard.
The Makerspace is set up as a complete workshop with a great selection of hand and power tools, rolling tables, lots of outlets, task lights and magnifiers, a wireless projection system, 3 computers preloaded with design software, whiteboard, and cleanup supplies.
By completing this orientation, you commit to keeping the Library Makerspace and its equipment available for everyone.
If you fail to follow these guidelines and the additional equipment-specific guidelines outlined in trainings, you may be required to retake orientation or training. Repeated failure to follow these guidelines may result in removal of your Makerspace access.
Please initial each of the below guidelines:
You must follow all library policies when using the makerspace, including the Patron Behavior Policy.
On your first visit, note the location of the marked “First Aid” cabinet. Read all instructions and labels when using equipment, and use care around hot, sharp, or motorized equipment. Wear the provided safety glasses when using equipment that might create flying particles (including saws, drills, wire cutters, and soldering irons). Follow additional equipment-specific safety guidelines as outlined in laser and 3D printer training classes.
The library offers makerspace equipment as a learning opportunity for patrons and strives to make the equipment available for as many patrons as possible. There is no restriction on for-profit use of makerspace equipment, but availability for all patrons will be prioritized. Your equipment use may be limited if necessary.
Equipment is not guaranteed to be available and is presented as-is. Understand the limitations of each piece of equipment and use them properly and respectfully to ensure that they are available for the next patron. Report broken or missing equipment to a staff member or email email@example.com
Training is not comprehensive, but rather the minimum needed to operate the equipment without damage or injury.
Read the instructions included with the equipment. Do not use the laser cutter or 3D printers until you have attended a training class. Plan to seek out additional tutorials, assistance, and training to help your projects succeed.
Library staff are often unavailable to assist with makerspace activities. If you are interested in more guidance,
plan to use the space during the regularly scheduled times where a volunteer guide can offer help, attend a makerspace-focused library program, or
sign up for a 3D Printer or Laser training class. Check guided hours, programs, and training class schedules here
Return equipment to its designated storage space after use.
Do not remove equipment from the Makerspace.
Remove any personal items upon leaving. Your items, including supplies and projects, cannot be stored in the Makerspace.
Clean up your work area when finished. Protect the tables with the provided paper and table pads during projects that could scratch, mark, or stain the surface. Use the provided sawhorses and workbench top when drilling, sawing, or hammering. Do not drill, saw, or hammer on the work tables.
Use the provided cutting mats when using cutting blades.
Use the provided work surfaces when using soldering irons.
For our equipment that requires specialty supplies, starter kits and project kits are available in the Makerspace on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please take only one kit of each kind per library card.
Patrons are encouraged to bring their own project supplies as long as they are suitable for the equipment. Look in your starter kit or online at estesvalleylibrary.org/makerspace for suggestions for purchasing supplies that work with our equipment.
There are some shared supplies available for use in the makerspace (tape, glue, saw blades, etc). Please be respectful when using these and ensure you are leaving enough for everyone else. Let the staff member at the CC desk know when supplies are getting low.
Patrons may bring their own tools to support their Makerspace projects as long as they are suitable for the space (does not present a risk of fire or require special ventilation, et cetera). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not sure.
The Estes Valley Public Library District (EVPLD) provides patrons with the opportunity to use its Makerspace facilities and equipment, as described in more detail below. All patron use of Makerspace facilities and equipment is entirely optional and voluntary and is for purposes of recreation, education, and/or self-improvement.
In order to use the Makerspace facilities and equipment, each Makerspace user (a patron who is aged 15 or older) (“Makerspace User”) must review this Agreement, provide the Makerspace User information requested in Section 1 below, and sign and comply with this Agreement. If the makerspace user has a legal guardian or other person legally responsible to sign documents such as this, the guardian/legally responsible person must sign in the space designated below.
Please note that this document includes a Release of Liability that releases EVPLD and others related to it from liability for personal injuries and other losses resulting from the Makerspace User’s use of the Makerspace facilities and equipment. Please read carefully.