Why public libraries should follow Chicago’s lead and build maker labs


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Why public libraries should follow Chicago’s lead and build maker labs.

Chicago opened a maker lab in one of its public libraries today. Most maker spaces carry a membership fee of $50-200 a month or are located in an institution like a university, where you are required to be a student or staff member to access equipment. A free lab that is open to the public is a novel concept that will hopefully be a lot more common in the future.

The lab at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center will stock three MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers, two laser cutters, a milling machine and a vinyl cutter, plus a selection of software. A $249,999 grant will sustain its operation through the end of 2013, at which point it will be re-evaluated. The city will also consider adding maker spaces to other library locations.

Press release here.


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via edhagopian’s blurblog http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2013/07/09/why-public-libraries-should-follow-chicagos-lead-and-build-maker-labs/

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