Makerspace Policy

Makerspace Policy

The Springfield City Library is a hub for free access to information and technology, social and civic engagement, and support of personal enrichment, well-being, and lifelong learning. In support of this mission, the Library provides makerspace tools and activities that let library patrons learn about and use a wide variety of equipment and tools for educational, professional, and personal projects.

Becoming a Maker

To access the makerspace, first time users must show a current C/WMARS library card and sign an acknowledgement of risk and release form. For makers younger than 18, a parent/guardian must sign the release form.

Guidelines for Using the Makerspace

Tools and equipment in the makerspace are available on a first-come, first-served basis. With the exception of 3D printing, there is no charge to use the tools or materials. Makers are also welcome to bring in their own materials, pending staff approval.

For equipment such as sewing machines and laptop computers, patrons may sign up to use them for 2 hours at a time; they may extend their time if no one is waiting for the equipment at the end of their time slot.

First time users of certain tools must attend scheduled training(s) in how to use the equipment. After that, instruction will be available on an as-needed basis depending on staff availability. This includes, but may not be limited to:

  • 3D printer
  • audio recording equipment
  • sewing machines
  • videography equipment

The makerspace computers are for creative projects only.

Behavior in the makerspace must be consistent with the Library’s Behavior Policy. Internet and equipment usage must be consistent with the Computer Use and Internet Access policy.

The Library assumes no responsibility for projects that are defective, destroyed, do not function as expected, or are left behind by makers. The Library also reserves the right to stop the creation of any items that are not consistent with library policies.

Safety in the Makerspace

Makers are responsible for using all tools and equipment in a safe manner. If makers see something that is unsafe or needs to be repaired, they should discontinue use of it and let a staff member know.

Makers must wear appropriate shoes and clothes for the tool they are using.

Use of 3D Printers

All printing jobs must be scheduled in advance and approved by staff to ensure that the file format, size, and materials are correct. Pricing will be based on the complexity of the project and the time required.

Patrons who need technical assistance with designing or preparing a project may schedule a one-on-one meeting with staff.

The Library’s 3D Printer Policy is incorporated herein:

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.

Audio and Video Recording Policy

All audio and video recording must be scheduled in advance. Makers who need technical assistance with a project may schedule a one-on-one meeting with staff.


The incorporated 3D Printer Policy was approved by Springfield Library Commission, November 7, 2018
Makerspace Policy was approved by Springfield Library Commission, November 6, 2019