The Makerspace is a space to create, play, and learn using equipment and tools at the library. For new makers and seasoned pros alike, equipment is available to use for free. Reservations are available and strongly recommended.
Cricut Maker, Cricut Easy Press, and an unfinished project involving colorful construction paper cut into letters
Contact the Makerspace(510) 583-2108 | Email

How Do I Make a Reservation?

Find the piece of equipment you'd like to use below and click on the link to make a reservation for that equipment.

When Is It Open?

Tuesdays2-6 p.m.
Thursdays12-4 p.m.
Saturdays12-4 p.m.

Where Is It?

The Makerspace is at the Downtown Library on the 2nd floor, near the elevators.

How Old Do I Have to Be?

  • If you're over 18, you just need to fill out the required paperwork
  • If you're over 13 but under 18, you need to have a waiver signed by an adult guardian
  • If you're over 7 but under 13, you must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times
  • If you're under 7, you can't use the Makerspace yet, but keep an eye out for special events for young children

What Do I Need to Do Ahead of Time?

Before your first appointment, you must complete:

Makerspace Registration Packet

You can either fill it out and email it to us, print it out and bring it with you, or visit us during Makerspace open hours to fill it out in person.

Adult Registration Packet (pdf) Minor or Dependent Adult Registration Packet (pdf)

Makerspace Safety Orientation

You can view and complete the orientation at home ahead of time, or complete it at the beginning of your first appointment.

Safety Orientation

Equipment-Specific Safety Orientation

Most of the equipment also requires a specific safety orientation. You can view the full requirements on the individual equipment pages.

What Should I Bring?

Generally speaking, you should bring a project idea and materials for making it. Each equipment page has more specific details.

Can I purchase materials at the library?

We have a limited assortment of materials available for purchase in the Makerspace. You can find the price list at the bottom of this page.

What Equipment is Available?

A photograph of the Brother Scan n CutBrother ScanNCut

An electric cutting machine that can be used to cut materials such as paper, fabric, vinyl, foam, and felt from a digital project file or scan. 

Learn more about the Brother ScanNCut →


Photo of CarveyCarvey

A 3D carving machine that uses a bit to cut materials such as wood, plastic and machinable foam.  Carvey can be used for making jewelry, signs, toys and more! 

Learn more about Carvey →


LOTE4Kids: Storytime in your languageCricut EasyPress

A smart heat transfer machine. 

Learn more about the Cricut EasyPress →


Tumblebook Library LogoCricut Maker CXPL301

A smart cutting and drawing machine that can cut and draw on over 300 materials including paper, fabric, matboard and leather. 

Learn more about the Cricut Maker →


Photo of Dremel 3D PrinterDremel 3D45 3-D Printer

A 3-D printer which takes a digital file and prints a three-dimensional object out of PLA filament.

Learn more about the Dremel 3D Printer →


Photo of Dremel Laser CutterDremel Digilab LC40 Laser Cutter

A 40-watt laser cutter that takes image files and cuts or engraves material by firing the laser.

Learn more about the Dremel Laser Cutter →


Photo of Epson Wide-format PrinterEpson Wide-Format Printer

A large size inkjet printer with scan capabilities.  The maximum scan size is 11”x17”.  The maximum borderless print size is 13”x19”.

Learn more about the Epson Wide-Format Printer →


Photo of Kenmore Sewing MachineKenmore Sensor Sew 70

A sewing machine that can perform a variety of functional and decorative tasks.

Learn more about the Kenmore Sewing Machine →


Photo of Lulzbot 3-D PrinterLulzBot Taz-6 3-D Printer

A 3-D printer which takes a digital file and prints a three-dimensional object out of PLA filament

Learn more about the LulzBot 3-D Printer →


Photo of Xyron Create a Sticker MaxXyron Create-A-Sticker Max

Turn any piece of paper into a sticker.

Learn more about the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Max →

Materials Price List


(max. 2 units per type per reservation)

6" x 6" Baltic birch 1/2"$2.50
4" x 8" Baltic birch 1/2"$2.50
7" x 11" 2-color ABS$2.50
6" x 6" 2-color HDPE plastic$3.00

Laser Cutter

(max. 2 units per type per reservation)

12" x 9" Baltic birch 1/8"$3.00
5" x 7" Clear acrylic$3.00
Cricut & Scan N Cut
Iron-on vinyl (per square ft)$1.00
Permanent adhesive vinyl$1.00
12" x 12" cardstock$.50
Transfer tape$.50
Wide-Format Printer
11" x 17" matte paper$.50
11" x 17" photo paper$1.50
13" x 19" matte paper$1.25
13" x 19" photo paper$3.00