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Innovation Lab

INNOVATION LAB AT RICHMOND PUBLIC LIBRARY

Richmond Public Library’s new Innovation Lab is a digital lab and makerspace for children, teens, and adults.  In it you will find tools and technology for learning, exploring, designing, creating, and innovating.  Let your imagination run!


Using the Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab is located at the Main Library.

Open Hours – The Innovation Lab is currently closed; however, you may submit your plans for 3D printing via our form.

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Available Equipment

The Innovation Lab offers a number of resources to help you explore, create, and innovate!

Creative Cloud logo

Adobe Creative Cloud

Use this collection of apps to and design tools for video, design, photograph, ane more!  Reservations are required.

3D Printer

3D Printer

The Innovation Lab houses a LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer. At this time, the 3D printer is only available for use during 3D printing classes.

3D Scanner

3D Scanner

Our Matter and Form 3D Desktop Scanner captures high resolution scans.  Import your scan into 3D design software to alter and transform your object. At this time, 3D printing from scans is only available for use during 3D scanning classes.  Registrations are required.

Oculus Go headset

Oculus Go VR Goggles

Experience virtual reality using one of our Oculus Go goggles.  Play games, watch TV, meetup with friends, listen to music, and more! Recommended for ages 13+.  Users are limited to a 30-minute period per day.

Cricut cutter machine

Cricut MakerⓇ Machine

The CricutⓇ Maker cuts hundreds of materials quickly and accurately.  Download designs or create your own. If you have never used a CricutⓇ before, we recommend you attend one of our classes before using it during Open Lab.  Makers must bring their own materials for personal projects outside of class time.

Janome sewing machine

Sewing Machines

The Innovation Lab has several Janome Sew Mini machines for use.  The Janome Mini features a top loading full rotary hook bobbin, 4-piece feed dog, two stitch types, and 5 width adjustments.  Please bring your own materials for use.

Lego Works Robotics figure

LEGOⓇ Robotics Kits

Collaborate, build, and problem-solve with the LEGOⓇ Robotics kits.  Use coding and engineering skills with these hands-on STEM kits. The Innovation Lab offers two types of LEGOⓇ kits. The LegoⓇ WeDo 2.0 kit is recommended for elementary students ages 7+. The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 is recommended for students in middle and high school.  If you have no prior experience with the LegoⓇ Kits, we recommend you attend one of our classes before using the kits during Open Lab.


View our Technology Tools Spaces and Equipment policy here.