Located at the Central Library, the Labs is the central hub of our creative spaces. Here you’ll find a number of spaces and services where you can discover new ideas, learn new skills, and collaborate with others. Our spaces offer hands-on access to such services and equipment as a 3D printer, recording studio, green screen technology, vinyl cutter, a digitization station, two sewing machines, and digital editing software. Find more information about equipment, classes and booking, below.
In the Labs, all Londoners, of any skill level, can gather to create, collaborate, and share knowledge with others in a friendly and welcoming environment. Staff aren’t experts but they are available to help visitors build confidence with our technologies and acquire digital literacy skills.
Welcome to The Labs - Programs & Classes
Interested in using The Labs but not sure where to start? To make the most of your visit, we recommend taking one of our introductory session programs about the space or equipment you wish to use before coming in to work independently.
The labs are available for those who meet the following requirements:
- A London Public Library card in good standing
- Valid photo ID (e.g. Ontario ID, Driver’s Licence, Student ID, etc.)
- 13 years of age of older. Users under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times and the parent or guardian will be considered the main user.
Answer: Use of the space is free, however, there are material costs for some equipment.
- 3D printing: $1.00 base cost plus $0.10 per gram + HST
- Button Maker: $0.25 per button or magnet
- Vinyl cutter: $2.00 per 12” x12” sheet (includes transfer tape, if required)
- Cardstock: $0.25 per 8.5” x 11” sheet of cardstock
- Other fees: as per operational policy
You can reserve time on Labs equipment by emailing staff (email@example.com) or calling (519) 661-4600 and you can book up to one week in advance. There is a maximum of two hours per day, subject to availability.
Ever wondered what you can print with a 3D printer? Learn how they work, what they can print, and how to find and print designs through our free certification course. After our Intro to 3D Printing class, you can book time on our LulzBot printer to print objects using black, white, or grey filament. Not sure what to print? Explore more than a million downloadable 3D designs from Thingiverse
Discovered a box of negatives or photographic slides? Preserve your photos or watch old family movies using modern technology with The Labs digitization station, The Memory Lab. Here you’ll find a variety of digitization tools to convert analog media, including audio cassettes, VHS cassettes, slide film, negatives, photographs, 8mm tape, and audio cassettes.
Cricut Vinyl Cutting
The opportunities for creative expression are endless with the vinyl cutting machine and web-based design software available in our Creativity Lab. Using the Cricut Explore Air 2, and designing with Cricut Design Space, you can personalize anything from mugs and t-shirts, to greeting cards, car window cling, business cards, and logo stickers.
If you’ve ever wanted to start a podcast or record your own music, our free Studio is the perfect place to start! This space comes equipped with the latest sound recording software and equipment to meet the needs of any age or ability. New to GarageBand or ProTools? Log in to LinkedIn Learning to navigate this software.
Do you have what it takes to be the next YouTube or vlogging sensation? Our Media Lab offers a green screen, go-pro camera, microphones, backdrops, tripods, and an iMac equipped with design software to help elevate your videos. Here you can also change the setting of your stop-motion animation projects, change the background of your presentations, or create product shots in our portable photography light studio.
Have some post-production work to complete? Drop by the Creativity Lab where our Design Stations — two PCs and two Macs — are equipped with both free and licensed video and editing software to support your creative endeavors, including editing music, sound, and video, or exploring modeling, design, and illustration.
Come learn how to sew at the library! Our Creativity Lab is equipped with sewing machines and staff are available to assist with your projects. Book an appointment to use one of the two Singer sewing machines available for both advanced and novice sewers. Looking for inspiration or new patterns before your visit? Use your library card to log in to Creativebug to access thousands of tutorials taught by design experts and artists