About

NOTE: Appointments for the Collaboratory and for digitization are suspended from 1/8-22.

The Collaboratory is the library’s makerspace, located on the 2nd floor. Currently, the use of the Collaboratory and digitization equipment is limited to Northbrook Library cardholders by appointment only. Read below for the full guidelines required for Collaboratory and Digitization appointments. 

We can be reached at 847-272-2098 during the following hours:

Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday-Thursday: 10am-8pm
Friday: 10am-6pm 
Saturday: 10am-4pm
 

3D Printing

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

Beginning December 15th, appointments can only be made 1 week in advance.

Collaboratory appointments are 90 minutes. Appointments begin and end on time; if you do not arrive within 30 minutes of your scheduled time and do not call to notify us, your appointment will be canceled immediately and made available to others.

Appointment Times:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
  • Friday: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
  • Saturday: 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Schedule a Collaboratory appointment

You may also call the Collaboratory at 847-272-2098. Please note: we do not accept appointment requests via voicemail or email.

Available Equipment

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

View our price list. Fees are added to your library card and must be paid at our library.

Bringing your own materials is always free; staff must approve them first. If you have materials that typically come with Safety Data Sheet/Material Safety Data Sheet (SDS/MSDS), bring the sheet with you.

Please note: We are not accepting cash at this time. You can pay any fees online through the Account feature on our website.
 

Guidelines

  • Masks are required at all times regardless of vaccination status.
  • There is no eating or drinking in the space.
  • You must be 11 or older to use the Collaboratory without a guardian. You must be 14 or older to monitor others under the age of 11.
  • Limit 1 appointment per day, per person, and 2 appointments per week.
  • Up to 2 people per appointment; both must be permanent residents of the same household.
  • Limit of use of 2 pieces of equipment per appointment.

Digitization Appointments

Beginning December 15th, appointments can only be made 1 week in advance.

Make an appointment to digitize your old media. Digitization appointments are 3 hours and occur at a set time each day the Collaboratory is open. Appointments begin on time. If you do not show within 30 minutes of your scheduled time and do not call to notify us, your appointment will be canceled immediately and made available to others.

  • Tuesdays-Saturdays: 1:00-4:00pm

Appointment times cannot be changed or extended.

Schedule a Digitization appointment

You may also call the Collaboratory at 847-272-2098. Please note: we do not accept appointment requests via voicemail or email.

Allowed Media Formats

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

Guidelines

  • Masks are required at all times regardess of vaccination status.
  • There is no eating or drinking in the space.
  • You must be 11 or older to use the Collaboratory without a guardian.
  • Appointments begin and end on time.
  • You cannot schedule a Collaboratory appointment and a Digitization appointment for the same day.
  • Limit 1 type of media per appointment (vinyl, VHS, slides, etc.).
  • Limit 2 digitization appointments per week.