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: 12-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12-5 p.m.
Thursday: 12-8:30 p.m.
Friday: 12-8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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.

Guests accompanying Elmhurst patrons may use the Makery for certain programs, clubs, and activities.

Adult supervision required for anyone below middle school age.

The Makery is not available as a meeting space. To request a scout visit, please visit our Scout Services page. To request a tour of the Makery, please fill out our Tour Request Form. Groups who have not been confirmed by the Library Scout Coordinator or Assistant Makery Manager may 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

Can I reserve equipment in the Makery?

Yes! While most of the equipment is first come, first serve, the laser cutter, the Carvey, the embroidery machine, and one Cricut Maker can be booked ahead of time on our reservations page.

Can I get help with my project?

Patrons are responsible for preparing their designs and project. Staff are available to troubleshoot and answer questions. Only the laser cutter, 3D printers, and poster printer are staff-operated.

How can I learn to use Makery equipment?

  • 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. User Guides provides 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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