The Makerspace is open Monday-Thursday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless there is a Library program that requires it to be closed.

Adults, 18 years or older, and Teens in 6th grade through 12th grade may use the Makerspace. Youth under 6th grade may use the Makerspace if they are accompanied by parent or guardian, who the Library will consider the responsible party, or if they are participating in a Library sponsored program.  Individual equipment may have further age restrictions for use.

Certain tools, technology, and equipment require a process of certification prior to use.  For the equipment that is only available for in-library use, a One-on-One Equipment Tutorial can be scheduled with a staff member. Once certified, patrons can reserve a Makerspace Station online.

Library staff must approve all patron-supplied materials before being used on or with Makerspace tools, technology, and equipment.

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Some of the equipment in the lab is available for circulation, and can be checked out for up to five days with a valid library account. A patron must be over 18 years of age, and may check out no more than one piece of equipment and its accompanying accessories at a time. A patron must be certified to borrow Makerspace equipment. Requests to reserve Makerspace equipment can be made through our online form. The patron is required to sign an agreement and present it to the Technology Assistant Librarian before the equipment will be released.

There are no renewals on loans for equipment from the Makerspace Lab. Equipment loaned from the Makerspace Lab must be returned to the Makerspace or Reference Desk during regular hours of operation. Equipment may not be returned in the book drop. Patrons returning damaged or incomplete equipment will be charged the entire replacement cost for that item. Late, damaged, or missing materials will be billed to the patron by the City of Council Bluffs.

The Library charges for certain consumable materials.

3D Printing: $1.00/HOUR (maximum print time of six hours)
Lamination: $0.50/LINEAR FOOT (minimum charge of $1.00)
Large Format Printing: $0.75/LINEAR FOOT
Sublimation Printing: $1.00/PAGE

Blank CD: $0.50
Blank DVD: $1.00
Flash Drive: $3.00
Headphones: $1.00

Makerspace Lab Equipment

Makerspace Equipment for Available for Check Out

Ghost Hunting Kit

The Ghost Hunting Exploration Kit contains a GoPro Hero 4, capable of recording 4K high definition video at 30 frames per second, an EMF Meter, two walkie-talkies and two flashlights.

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iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit

The iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit is a do-everything toolkit containing what you need for most essential electronics repairs—including screen and battery swaps—and everything you need for most household DIY fixes and eyeglass tightening.

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Meeting Owl 3 & Expansion Mic

The Meeting Owl 3 Webcam captures 360° video in 1080p HD and 360° audio up to 18’ (5.5m). It automatically focuses on whoever is speaking to foster active collaboration and increased participation, while showing a 360° view of the room.

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Podcast Kit

The Podcast Kit contains everything you need to record up to four individuals in up to 24-bit /96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats.

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