About

NOTE: The Collaboratory will be closed October 19-October 25. We will reopen on October 26.
 

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 Digigization appointments. 

We can be reached at 847-272-2098 during the following hours:
Tuesday & Thursday: 12-8pm
Wednesday & Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

 

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

Collaboratory appointments are 90 minutes and occur at set times each day the Collaboratory is open:

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

Appointments can be made up to 2 weeks in advance, and must be made at least 24 hours in advance. 

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.
  • 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.
  • Appointments start and end on time.

Digitization Appointments

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:

  • Tuesdays-Saturdays: 1:00-4:00pm

Appointments can be made up to 2 weeks in advance, and must be made at least 24 hours ahead. 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 film
  • Cassette tapes
  • MiniDV cassette
  • Photographs
  • Slides
  • Super 8mm film
  • 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.