The City Library’s Creative Labs foster innovation, ingenuity, and creativity through the exploration of modern technologies and art forms in an inclusive and collaborative environment. Creative Labs provide the community with access to technology resources. Users are required to have a current Basic or Expanded Salt Lake City Public Library card in good standing; however, a library card is not required in order to attend Creative Lab classes. All equipment is for use solely within The Creative Lab.
Use of the Creative Lab is by appointment or drop-in. A reservation is recommended to ensure desired equipment or station is available.
Patrons can request to reserve the Creative Lab stations in blocks of up to two hours per patron per day, and extensions may be requested by contacting Creative Lab staff. Reservation requests should fall within normal lab hours; please review the lab calendar above to check availability prior to submitting your request.
Note that station bookings will be scheduled 15 minutes apart as a buffer and will be held until 10 minutes after they are scheduled to begin. No-show reservations will default to first-come first-served.
Reservations may also be made by calling the Creative Lab at 801-524-8288, or in-person at the Creative Lab. Reservations will be held until 10 minutes after they are scheduled to begin. Users may request up to two 1-hour extensions per day on all stations — except the Audio Production Station — by asking Creative Lab staff.
Reservations are required for the following Creative Lab stations:
All Patrons are required to read and sign the Creative Lab User Agreement prior to using any equipment or materials. A sign-in station is available in the Creative Lab for drop-in Patrons wishing to read and sign the User Agreement in person.
The Creative Labs at the Marmalade, Glendale, and Sprague branches are available by request or during Open Creative Lab hours. Please call or visit the respective branch to schedule time in the lab.
Users can submit 3D print requests to be printed on one of the Library's several 3D printers, including the Lulzbot Taz 5, the Original Prusa i3 mk3, the Elegoo Mars 2 resin printer, and an experimental printer. The 3D printers take 3D designs that you create or download from the Internet and print a three-dimensional object in plastic.
HOW TO SUBMIT A 3D PRINTING REQUEST:
1. Review the Policies and Procedures for Use of the 3D Printers. Please ensure the object is exported and measured in millimeters.
2. Submit the 3D Printing Request Form using the link below, then email your *.stl file separately to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. The Creative Lab is currently offering free 3D printing services for objects that will take less than six hours to print.
Prints will be limited to one print of each type (resin and PLA) per patron every month. Note: Resin 3D Prints may only be picked up at the Main Library at this time.
Thank you to the Friends of The City Library for generously donating the 3D printers and associated equipment.
Built on laser cutter & engraver technology, the Glowforge uses a beam of light the width of a human hair to cut, engrave, and shape designs from a variety of materials.
Patrons will need to supply their own material. We are only accepting Glowforge Proofgrade and Inventables material for use in the Glowforge. These can be purchased online or at local art stores.
HOW TO SUBMIT A GLOWFORGE LASER PRINTING REQUEST:
1. Review the Policies and Procedures for Use of the Glowforge, including the list of approved and banned materials.
2. Submit the Glowforge Laser Printing Request Form using the link below.
Patrons may reserve the Glowforge Design station for designing an image to be cut, engraved, or scored using the Glowforge Premium App and Adobe Creative Cloud. Please request this station using the Creative Lab Reservation Request form.
To reserve the Glowforge laser printer and cutter when a design is complete, please use the Glowforge Reservation Request form above.
NOTE: Patrons may also supply their own design in PNG (engrave-only) or SVG format.