About

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.

We can be reached at 847-272-2098:
Tuesday-Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-2pm

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
  • Friday & Saturday: 10am, 12pm

Appointments can be made up to 2 weeks in advance, and must be made at least 24 hours in advance. We do not make same-day appointments.

Click here to schedule your appointment, or 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)
  • Carvey CNC

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

  • Limit 1 appointment per day, per person, and 2 appointments per week.
  • Up to 2 people per appointment; the second person must be a permanent resident of your household.
  • Limit of 2 projects per appointment.
  • You must be 11 or older to use the Collaboratory without an adult.
  • No eating or drinking in the Collaboratory.
  • Appointments start and end on time.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.

Digitization Appointments

Need to digitize your old media? Schedule a digitization appointment.

Digitization appointments are 3 hours and occur at a set time each day the Collaboratory is open:

  • Tuesdays-Thursdays: 1:00-4:00pm
  • Fridays & Saturdays: 10:00am-1:00pm

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. We do not make same-day appointments.

Click here to schedule your appointment, or 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

  • 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.).
  • You must be 11 or older to use the Collaboratory without an adult.
  • Appointments start and end on time.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.