Contact Us

Phone
847-580-8929
Email
[email protected]

Hours

The MakerSpace is open:

Monday – Thursday: 10am to 8pm
Saturday: 12pm to 5pm

Make an Appointment

Online Resources

Virtual and In-Person MakerSpace appointments are now made using same form. Please select an available time slot, and if you opt for a virtual appointment a staff member will contact you with details to join the virtual session.

The MakerSpace is now OPEN for in-person and virtual appointments.

For 3D printing CLICK HERE

Mission of the MakerSpace

The MakerSpace is a multifunctional space designed to help the Deerfield community learn, create, collaborate, and have fun with technology. We will provide everyone with equal access to materials and resources that encourage learning in a welcoming environment.

MakerSpace Equipment and Services

The Digital Media Lab is located in the MakerSpace. We offer equipment for converting various types of media into digital files including:

  • 8mm and Super 8 film
  • Audio cassettes
  • Non-copyrighted CD / DVD
  • Film (35mm strips, mounted slides, and medium format strips)
  • Photographs up to 8.5×11.7″
  • VHS tapes
  • Vinyl records

We can also convert video from various types of video cameras.

For more information please visit our MakerSpace Wiki or contact a MakerSpace staff member. Digital Media Lab reservations can be made by Deerfield Library cardholders using our online form.

3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.

The Deerfield Public Library uses Lulzbot TAZ 6, and a Lulzbot Mini 3-D Printers that are available to all patrons of the library. We print using PLA or PLA+ filament supplied by the library. Currently available colors are listed on the job submit form.

Print jobs are charged at $0.10 per gram of filament. The total cost will be estimated before your print for approval. Please allow up one week for your print to be completed.

To submit a 3D print and to view our 3D printer policy please vist our 3D Printing Page.

Patrons have access to Janome sewing machines, a Brother PE800 embroidery machine, and a Brother thread serger along with a variety of essential accessories and tools by appointment. There is no charge to use the equipment. You can bring your own materials to be approved by a staff member, or the library can provide materials such as thread and stabilizer for a fee.

For more information please visit our MakerSpace Wiki, or speak with a MakerSpace staff member.

The Deerfield Public Library has a Universal Laser Systems VLS4.60 50w CO2 laser for use in the MakerSpace. The laser is capable or cutting, etching, and marking a wide variety of materials. There is no charge to use the laser. The Library has a small selection of materials available for use with the laser for purchase. Patrons are also free to bring in their own materials. Please visit our MakerSpace Wiki for an approved materials list, all materials are subject to staff approval.

Our vinyl cutting machine uses a small blade to cut computer generated designs into various materials including paper, fabric, and vinyl. it can be used to create things like vinyl stickers, decorations, and paper crafts.

The Library has a Silhouette Cameo 4 cutting machine and Silhouette Studio design software available for use in the MakerSpace. We have a variety of stick on and heat transfer vinyl available for a fee. For more information and approved materials please visit our MakerSpace Wiki.

We offer large format printing services to all patrons of the library. We use an Epson InkJet printer which is capable of printing designs on 36″ roll paper. This allows you to print large posters, banners, and blueprints.

Prints are charged at $1.00 per foot of 36″ wide roll paper.

You can bring your print ready designs to the MakerSpace on a USB drive or prepare and create designs using software available on MakerSpace laptops.

The MakerSpace features a variety of small equipment available for use in the MakerSpace including

  • Button Maker
  • Paper Cutter
  • Soldering Iron / Multimeter
  • Miniatures Painting Supplies
  • LEGO Robotics Kits

Please see a MakerSpace staff member for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

The MakerSpace is a multi-functional space designed to help the Deerfield community learn, create, collaborate, and have fun with technology. We will provide everyone with equal access to materials and resources that encourage learning in a welcoming environment.

The MakerSpace is open to all patrons of the library. Certain pieces of equipment require waivers before use, patrons under 18 filling out a waiver will require a parent or guardian’s signature.

Deerfield Public Library cardholders can reserve equipment ahead of time by contacting MakerSpace staff or using our online form. Equipment and services are available to all patrons on a walk-in basis, subject to availability.

There is no charge to use MakerSpace equipment or the space. Some services may require materials that can be provided by the patron or the library for a small fee. We also provide materials for purchase in the Digital Media Lab such as USB drives and blank CD/DVDs. For a full list of prices and approved materials see our materials price list.

Yes! The MakerSpace is generally a self-directed workspace, but when you make an appointment to use MakerSpace equipment a staff member will be on hand to help guide you for the duration of your appointment. We also provide detailed documentation and tutorials available in the MakerSpace and for reference outside of the library in our Documentation Portal.

Appointments can be made by patrons with a valid Deerfield Public Library card. 

All appointments are currently offered using remote and virtual services.

You can request MakerSpace services using our online form HERE, or
Email – [email protected]
Phone – 847-580-8929

MakerSpace staff will accommodate appointments based on current availability.