Get to Making at the Just Opened Richmond Public Library Innovation Lab

Get to Making at the Just Opened Richmond Public Library Innovation Lab

Today, May 1st is the first day the Innovation Lab is open for innovating.

Learn more about the Innovation Lab.

Richmond Public Library’s new Innovation Lab is a digital lab and makerspace for children, teens, and adults.  In it you will find tools and technology for learning, exploring, designing, creating, and innovating.


The Innovation Lab is located at the Main Library.  There are several ways you can use the lab:

Orientation – We offer a general orientation to the Innovation Lab and its equipment twice a week:  Mondays at 5:30 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Orientation lasts approximately 15 minutes and is a great way to learn what the Lab has to offer.

Open Hours – The Innovation Lab has open hours on Mondays from 4:00-7:30 pm and Saturdays from 1-4:30 pm.

Classes – RPL offers a variety of classes including basic 3D printing, beginner instruction using the Cricut, Lego robotics projects, and more!  Please visit our online calendar for a full list of our upcoming classes.

Reservations – Reservations are available for those wishing to use the Adobe Creative Suite and/or the 3D scanner.  Reservations may be made for a 90-minute period per day.

You’ll find all the following in the lab.

  • ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD – Use this collection of apps to and design tools for video, design, photograph, and more! Reservations are required.
  • 3D PRINTER -The Innovation Lab houses a LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer. At this time, the 3D printer is only available for use during 3D printing classes.
  • 3D SCANNER – Our Matter and Form 3D Desktop Scanner captures high resolution scans. Import your scan into 3D design software to alter and transform your object. At this time, 3D printing from scans is only available for use during 3D scanning classes. Registrations are required.
  • OCULUS GO VR GOGGLES – Experience virtual reality using one of our Oculus Go goggles. Play games, watch TV, meetup with friends, listen to music, and more! Recommended for ages 13+. Users are limited to a 30-minute period per day.
  • CRICUT MAKERⓇ MACHINE – The CricutⓇ Maker cuts hundreds of materials quickly and accurately. Download designs or create your own. If you have never used a CricutⓇ before, we recommend you attend one of our classes before using it during Open Lab. Makers must bring their own materials for personal projects outside of class time.
  • SEWING MACHINES – The Innovation Lab has several Janome Sew Mini machines for use. The Janome Mini features a top loading full rotary hook bobbin, 4-piece feed dog, two stitch types, and 5 width adjustments. Please bring your own materials for use.
  • LEGOⓇ ROBOTICS KITS – Collaborate, build, and problem-solve with the LEGOⓇ Robotics kits.  Use coding and engineering skills with these hands-on STEM kits. The Innovation Lab offers two types of LEGOⓇ kits. The LegoⓇ WeDo 2.0 kit is recommended for elementary students ages 7+. The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 is recommended for students in middle and high school.  If you have no prior experience with the LegoⓇ Kits, we recommend you attend one of our classes before using the kits during Open Lab.



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