The Makery

Makery FAQ

When did The Makery open?

The Makery opened in July 2017.

What are The Makery’s hours?

The Makery hours are different from the rest of the library. See The Makery hours on the Hours & Closings page.

Can I reserve Makery equipment?

Yes you can! Reservations are recommended but drop-ins are welcome. Popular equipment can be reserved, other equipment may be drop-in only. To request a reservation, visit www.elmlib.org/reserve.

Can I bring my friends?

Cardholders may bring guests to The Makery for personal projects. The Makery is not a meeting space and cannot be reserved for groups.

Who can use The Makery?

The Makery is available to EPL cardholders. If you live, work, or go to school in Elmhurst, you’re likely eligible for an Elmhurst Public Library card. See How to Get a Card.

The Makery is reserved specifically for the use of Makery equipment and services. Please use other areas in the Library to read, study, or do group work.

Are kids allowed in The Makery?

Yes. The Makery contains equipment that can be dangerous if not operated properly. Patrons younger than middle school age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or caregiver.

What does The Makery cost?

The Makery is free to use but there is a cost for some materials. See the Makery Price List.

How do I pay for materials?

Materials must be paid for before leaving the Makery. You may pay with cash, check, or card. To pay with card, visit elmlib.org/Account.

Can I get help with my project?

Makery staff are available to help you troubleshoot and answer your questions. You are responsible for preparing your designs and completing your project.

This is my first time. How do I learn all of this?

The Makery is a place for you to learn, experiment, and discover new skills. There’s no need to be an expert. Come and learn with us!

What materials do I need to bring?

The materials you will need depend on the equipment and your project. Fine equipment specific materials on the Makery Equipment Pages. The Makery has some materials available for purchase. See the Makery Price List.

Can I host a group class or party in the Makery?

No. The Makery is not available for group reservations. The Makery is loud and is not conducive to meetings or group work. The Makery is reserved specifically for the use of Makery equipment and services. Please use other areas in the Library to read, study, or do group work.

Any groups visiting The Makery must be limited to 8 people and may not occupy more than 2 tables.

I made something amazing. How can I share it?

We’d love to see it! Share it with us on social media #ElmhurstMakery or submit a User Story.

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