The Collaboratory is the library's makerspace, located on the 2nd floor.

Appointments are required on Tuesdays & Wednesdays and Thursdays-Saturdays are walk in - no appointment required.

Tuesday: 12pm-8pm, by appointment only
Wednesday: 10am-6pm, by appointment only
Thursday: 12pm-8pm, walk in
Friday: 10am-6pm, walk in
Saturday: 10am-4pm, walk in


Anyone with a valid library card registered with us or another CCS library may make a Collaboratory, Digitization, or Digital Media Lab appointment. The cardholder must be present during the appointment.

Appointments are required on Tuesdays & Wednesdays to use the Collaboratory. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are walk-in days; appointments are only required to use the Digital Media Lab and the Digitization Room. 

Appointments begin and end on time. If you do not show within 30 minutes of your scheduled time and do not notify us that you will be late, your appointment will be canceled and made available to others. We do not accept appointment requests via voicemail or email.


We accept 3D print requests from Northbrook Library card holders and from non-Northbrook card holders who have a valid library card registered in our library system. Visit our 3D printing page for more details.

Collaboratory Appointments

Collaboratory appointments are 90 minutes and are required on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Up to 3 persons may attend. Limit use of 2 pieces of equipment. Limit one appointment per person, per week. View our materials price list.

Schedule a Collaboratory appointment

Available Equipment

  • Laser cutter
  • Cricut Maker
  • Embroidery machine
  • Sewing machine (requires previous experience)​

Digitization Appointments

Digitization appointments are 3 hours. Limit 2 persons per appointment.

Schedule a Digitization appointment

Media Formats

  • 8mm, Super 8 film & 16mm film
  • Cassette tapes
  • MiniDV cassette
  • Photographs & slides
  • VHS & VHS-C tapes
  • Vinyl records

Digital Media Lab Appointments

DML appointments are 3 hours. Limit 2 persons per appointment.

Schedule a Digital Media Lab appointment

Available Equipment