The Collaboratory is our 2,400-square-foot makerspace, digital media lab, and coworking space in the Main Library. It contains a wide variety of state-of-the-art technology as well as traditional handcrafting tools. The Collaboratory is divided into two areas. The main space contains computers, work tables, a horseshoe booth with a projection and collaboration system, and a popup photography/video studio. The smaller room, which we’ve named the Vault, houses the equipment that requires staff supervision. We provide individual instruction about the more complex equipment as well as small group maker activities.
Learn more about Collaboratory equipment.
The Collaboratory is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Connecticut State Library.
Using the Collaboratory
Our staff is available to assist you during these hours:
- Monday-Friday: 9:30-1:00 & 1:30-9:00
- Saturday: 9:30-1:00 & 1:30-5:00
- Sunday: 12:00-4:00
Limited laser cutting, 3D printing, and poster printing are offered using library-provided supplies. You have the option of providing your own materials for the laser cutter. You may submit a laser cutter, 3D print, or poster request online.
In addition, we provide programs regularly. Please check our online calendar and quarterly event flyer for the current schedule.
Support the Collaboratory
We welcome monetary donations of all sizes to support the purchase of new equipment and programming for our continuously evolving space. Please contact Janet Flewelling, Head of Emerging & Creative Technologies, if you or your organization would like to sponsor a specific piece of equipment or workshop series.
You may also use this form for online payment for 3D prints and laser cutter projects as well as donations supporting longarm quilting and embroidery machine usage.