Frequently Asked Questions

When did the Makery open?

The Makery opened June 2017.

What are the Makery’s hours?

Sunday: 1-4:30 p.m.
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 3-8:30 p.m.
Friday: 3-8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Can I reserve equipment in the Makery?

Yes! Reservations are required to visit the Makery. Visit the reservations page for more information about Makery Reservations. A standard Library Reservation does not grant access to the Makery.

Can I bring a family member or guest to my reservation?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Makery will be limited to 2 patrons total at a time. All patrons who enter the Makery will be required to have their own reservation. Visit the reservations page for more information. Exception: Infants in carriers or strollers.

Who can use the Makery?

EPL cardholders, students who attend Elmhurst schools, teachers who teach at Elmhurst schools, Work Perks and Business cardholders are welcome to use the space.

Adult supervision required for anyone below middle school age.

The Makery is not available as a meeting space. Scout Visits and Library Tours are currently suspended until further notice. Groups will be asked to leave.

What does the Makery cost?

The Makery is free to use. There are costs for materials used to produce items on some equipment:

  • 3D Printer: 10¢/gram ($1 minimum)
  • Button Maker
    • Small: 25¢/button
    • Medium: 50¢/button
    • Large: 50¢/button
  • Laminator: $3/foot
  • Poster Printer: 50¢/linear inch
  •  Xyron
    • Laminate 50¢/foot
    • Sticker 50¢/foot
    • Magnet $2.50/foot
  •  Laser Printer Transfer Paper: $1/sheet

The Library is not accepting cash or check payments. Fees for Makery materials will be added to your Library Card account.

Can I get help with my project?

Patrons are responsible for preparing their designs and project. Due to social distancing, staff are unable to provide technology help, design help, or equipment demonstrations. Staff are available to troubleshoot and answer questions while maintaining a 6 ft distance. Only the laser cutter, 3D printers, and poster printer are staff-operated.Tutorials and learning resources can be found in the User Guides and on our YouTube channel.

How can I learn to use Makery equipment?

  • Resources can be found in the Learn section of the User Guides
  • View demonstration videos on our YouTube channel
  • We offer classes about Makery equipment and software
  • Check out Creativebug (Unlimited access with your EPL card to 1,000+ online classes in painting, knitting, crafting, sewing, cake decorating, and more)
  • Try online technology classes with LinkedIn Learning (Learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals)

What materials do I need to bring?

The materials you need depends on the equipment and your project. The User Guides provide details about materials. The Makery has some materials to purchase. (see “What does the Makery cost?” above)

I have a question about the Makery. How can I contact you?

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