3D Printer Policy

The Springfield City Library strives to offer community access to new and emerging technologies, such as
3D printing, to inspire a new interest in creation and collaboration. We wish to help the community
bring their creations to life. This policy establishes how and under what circumstances the public may
use the library’s 3D printers.

The library’s 3D printers are available to the public to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a
design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.
The 3D printers are available to the public to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.

  1. The Library’s 3D printers may be used for lawful purposes only. Patrons will not be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printers to create material that is:
    • Prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
    • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.) This includes weapons of any kind.
    • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment.
    • In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.
  2. The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
  3. Patrons may only use the printers alongside designated library staff or volunteers.
  4. Supervision of the use of the 3D printers by designated library staff or volunteers does not constitute knowledge, or acknowledgement, of any unapparent final use of the 3D product, and the library specifically disclaims any knowledge thereof.
  5. The library does not guarantee patrons privacy during the 3D printing process as printing is done in public areas.

Adapted from: https://vaillibrary.com/3d-printer-policies-and-procedures/

 

3D Printer Policy was approved by Springfield Library Commission, November 7, 2018