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Mission of the MakerSpace

The MakerSpace is a multifunctional space designed to help the Deerfield community learn, create, collaborate, and have fun with technology. We will provide everyone with equal access to materials and resources that encourage learning in a welcoming environment.


Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed



MakerSpace Tutorials

What is the MakerSpace?

The MakerSpace is a multi-functional space designed to help the Deerfield community learn, create, collaborate, and have fun with technology. We will provide everyone with equal access to materials and resources that encourage learning in a welcoming environment.

Who can use the MakerSpace?

The MakerSpace is open to all patrons of the library. Patrons under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

MakerSpace guests can reserve equipment ahead of time by contacting the MakerSpace staff or using our online appointment form. Equipment and services are available to all patrons on a walk-in basis, subject to availability.

What does it cost to use the equipment?

There is no charge to use MakerSpace equipment or the space. Patrons can use up to $5.00 in materials 3 times a week. For a full list of costs and approved materials see our MakerSpace Materials Supply List.

Can someone help me learn to use the equipment?

Yes! The MakerSpace is generally a self-directed workspace, but when you make an appointment to use MakerSpace equipment a staff member will be on hand to help guide you for the duration of your appointment.

How do I make an appointment?

You can request MakerSpace services using our online appointment form, or
Email –
Phone – 847-580-8929

MakerSpace staff will accommodate appointments based on current availability.


MakerSpace Equipment and Services

Digital Media Lab

The Digital Media Lab is located in the MakerSpace. We offer equipment for converting various types of media into digital files including:

  • 8mm and Super 8 film
  • Audio cassettes
  • Non-copyrighted CD / DVD
  • Film (35mm negatives and mounted slides)
  • Photographs and documents up to 8.5×11.7″
  • Non-copyrighted VHS tapes
  • Vinyl records
  • MiniDV and Video8 tapes

We can also convert video from various types of video cameras.

For more information please contact us at or call us at 847-580-8929. Digital Media Lab reservations can be made using our online appointment form

3d Printers Bambu

3D printing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file.

The Deerfield Public Library uses two Prusa i3 MK3S+, one Bambu A1 Mini and two Bambu Lab P1P Printers that are available to all patrons of the library. We print using PLA or PLA+ filament.

3D Print jobs under 50 grams are free. 3D prints over 50 grams are charged at $0.10 per gram of filament. The total cost will be estimated before your print for approval. Please allow up one week for your print to be completed.

To submit a 3D print and to view our 3D printer policy please visit our 3D Printing Page.

Sewing Bernette

Patrons have access to Singer Heavy Duty sewing machines, a Bernette b79 Yaya Han embroidery machine, and a Brother thread serger along with a variety of essential accessories and tools by appointment. There is no charge to use the equipment. You can bring your own materials to be approved by a staff member, or the library can provide materials such as thread and stabilizer.

Laser Engraver

The Deerfield Public Library has a Universal Laser Systems VLS4.60 50w CO2 laser for use in the MakerSpace. The laser is capable or cutting, etching, and marking a wide variety of materials. There is no charge to use the laser. The Library has a small selection of materials available for use with the laser for purchase. Patrons are also free to bring in their own materials.

Check the approved materials list, all materials are subject to staff approval.

Cricut Cameo Vinyl Cutter

Our vinyl cutting machine uses a small blade to cut digital designs out of various materials including paper, fabric, and vinyl. it can be used to create things like vinyl stickers, decorations, and papercrafts.

The Library has a Silhouette Cameo 4 cutting machine, Cricut EasyPress 2 and Silhouette Studio design software available for use in the MakerSpace. We have a variety of stick-on and heat transfer vinyl available. Check the list of approved materials for the Silhouette Cameo 4.

Large Format Printer

We offer large format printing services to all patrons of the library. We use an Epson InkJet printer which is capable of printing designs on 36″ roll paper. This allows you to print large posters, banners, and blueprints.

Prints are charged at $1.00 per foot of 36″ wide roll paper. Prints under $5.00 are free. Prints larger than 5 feet are charged at $1.00 a foot.

You can bring your print-ready designs to the MakerSpace on a USB drive or prepare and create designs using software available on MakerSpace laptops.

Sublimation Printer

Sublimation Printing is a process that infuses full color images using special sublimation ink on sublimation ready items. Sublimation printing allows you to put full color logos, designs or even photographs on items. Your full color image is printed out on an inkjet printer using the special sublimation ink. Then a heat press is used to transfer the ink onto your object. Sublimation ready items include coffee mugs, water tumblers, luggage tags, puzzles, and mouse pads. Be advised that not any coffee mug will do.

You must purchase sublimation ready items. Sublimation ready items are available at most craft supply stores. Sublimation also works on standard fabrics. The higher the polyester count the better it will work. 100% polyester will give you vibrant brilliant colors while 100% cotton will look more faded. 

Sublimation ink is expensive so we price our sublimation printing at $2/page. Makers are able to print out two sublimation sheets for free three times a week. Please see our MakerSpace Materials Supply List for our pricing policies for sublimation printing.

The MakerSpace features a variety of small equipment available for use in the MakerSpace including

  • Laminating Machine (up to 8.5×11 size)
  • Button Makers
  • Paper Cutter
  • Soldering Iron / Multimeter
  • Miniatures Painting Supplies
  • Glue Guns
  • Airbrush
  • Heat Gun

Please see a MakerSpace staff member for more information.

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