About the Collaboratory

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

Due to the pandemic, the library and the Collaboratory will be closed from Friday, November 13th until December 8. All Collaboratory appointments during this time have been canceled. Collaboratory appointments will not be available until the library reopens. Check our website for updates.


Appointment Availability

There are no appointments available until the library reopens.

Equipment & Tools

Limited equipment is available for use during your appointment:

  • Laser cutter
  • Cricut Maker
  • Embroidery machine
  • Sewing machine

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.

View our price list. If you use our materials we add those costs to your library card as a fee. Materials fees must be paid at our library. The card owner must be present to purchase materials. 

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


3D Printing Options

We are still taking 3D print requests while we are closed. However, we can only accept 3D print requests from Northbrook Public Library cardholders. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Your file must be sent in via email to 3dprinting@northbrook.info. You may only have one file in the print queue at any time; only email us one file.

Print jobs are added to the same queue and handled by staff. Wait times will vary and we do not print on demand.

Visit our 3D printing page for more details.

Peltz Digital Suite

The Peltz Digitization Suite is not available.

Thanks to a generous bequest from Northbook resident Howard Peltz, the Collaboratory houses the Peltz Digital Suite, a set of two rooms located within the makerspace. The Peltz Digitization Room allows you to convert your old media to digital, while the Peltz Digital Media Lab provides you with the tools to create and edit digital media: spoken word, photos, movies, images, and sound recordings.

You must be present to monitor your project at all times.