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Innovation Lab

Innovation Lab @ RPL

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!

10am - 6pm

101 East Franklin Street, Richmond VA. 23219

Contact Us

Innovation Lab

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

Adobe Creative Cloud
3D Printer
3D Scanner
Oculus Go VR Goggles
Cricut Maker Machine
Sewing Machines
LEGOⓇ ROBOTICS KITS
Audio Production
Large Format Printing

Memory Lab

Digitization tools and support from library staff who can assist in public, family, or organizational history projects.

Digitization
Archival
Oral Histories
Historical Projects

About Our Labs

Browse our frequently asked questions or contact us for more information

Using the Innovation Lab

  • The Innovation Lab is located at the Main Library. There are several ways you can use the lab:

    Orientation – We offer a general orientation to the Innovation Lab and its equipment twice a week: Mondays at 5:30 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Orientation lasts approximately 15 minutes and is a great way to learn what the Lab has to offer.

    Open Hours – The Innovation Lab has open hours on Mondays from 4:00-7:30 pm and Saturdays from 1-4:30 pm.

    Classes – RPL offers a variety of classes including basic 3D printing, beginner instruction using the Cricut, Lego robotics projects, and more! Please visit our online calendar for a full list of our upcoming classes.

Preparing for Lab Time

  • Please keep in mind that unless you are attending a class, you will be required to bring your own materials for use with Innovation Lab equipment. We also recommend that you have a way to save the files you work on. You may want to bring a USB drive or use a cloud storage account. The Innovation Lab computers are wiped clean on a regular basis. Finally, some project files are can be very large. Please ensure that you have enough digital storage to save your project and that you leave plenty of time to do so.

Technology Tools Spaces & Equipment Policy

Request a 3D Print

  • 3D Printer Submission Form

    • User Information

    • MUST have physical card. Your library account will be charged with the cost of the print.
    • Project Details

    • Drop files here or
      Accepted file types: stl.
      Please upload an .stl project file. If your project doesn't include the .stl extension, convert the file to .stl by using an online file converter such as https://www.meshconvert.com/ before uploading. Maximum file size is 140mb
    • Colors listed on the form cannot be guaranteed at the time of print
    • Project Dimensions

    • Please enter a number from 1 to 250.
      Dimensions of Project - Cannot exceed 250mm
    • Please enter a number from 1 to 250.
      Dimensions of Project in mm - Cannot exceed 250mm
    • Please enter a number from 1 to 250.
      Dimensions of Project in mm - Cannot exceed 250mm
    • Additional Comments

    • Consent