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Makerspace Rules and Procedures

All CCPL behavior policies apply to the Exploration Commons space. Additionally, Exploration Commons customers should be aware of the following:

  • All customers must check in with staff when they arrive at the makerspace if they plan to use Exploration Commons equipment.
  • Customers interested in independent use of laser cutters, CNC machines, sewing machines, and 3D printers must be trained/certified prior to using the equipment.
  • Any equipment damage or personal injury must be reported to a staff member immediately.
  • The following age restrictions are in place for the use of equipment (Note: users must be certified to use select equipment):
    • Children ages 8 – 11 may work with an equipment certified adult in the use of some machines in the space but may not operate equipment themselves.
    • Children ages 12 – 15 may operate machinery once equipment certified and with the assistance of an equipment certified adult.
    • Persons aged 16 and older may operate any of the available equipment.
  • Food is limited to light snacks and drinks are limited to those with lids. Food and drink will not be permitted in the fabrication lab, AR/VR lab, and AV lab.
  • Unsafe use of makerspace equipment or violations of the library behavior policy will result in loss of access to the space.
  • Laser cutters, CNC machine, AR/VR lab, and Audio/Visual lab are reservable. Walk-in use may be available but is not guaranteed.
  • Safety glasses may be required in the fabrication lab dependent on use.
  • Ear protection is recommended in the fabrication lab when the CNC machine is in use.
  • Exploration Commons is a digital design and fabrication center that focuses on education and idea incubation. As such, we do not offer manufacturing or large-scale production services.
  • Software and equipment may only be used for lawful purposes. The public will not be permitted to use the library's software and equipment to create material that is:
    • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
    • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or poses an immediate threat to the wellbeing of others.
    • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library/Makerspace environment.
    • In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, 3D printers may not be used to mass reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
  • Please be respectful of other customer's appointments and remember to account for setup and cleanup time when planning a project that uses the laser, CNC router, 3D printer, or other makerspace equipment.
  • Equipment/lab reservations are forfeited if a requestor does not arrive within 15 minutes after the start of the reserved time.
  • Customer laser and 3D print jobs must be finished prior to closing time. Any jobs still running at closing time will be stopped.