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The Labs

The Labs

London Public Library

Located on the second floor of Central Library, the Labs area is the central hub of our creative spaces that are available for self-directed use by our community. The space features electronics, professional software, robotics, sewing machines and more, including our Taz6 3D printer on display creating fascinating objects. Ongoing activities, programs, training and events make this a dynamic space for learning new skills and connecting with others.

Interested in using The Labs but not sure where to start? To make the most of your visit, we recommend taking one of our introductory session programs about the space or equipment you wish to use before coming in to work independently.

You will need to fill out a Labs waiver to use these spaces, which you can access either online at lpl.ca/labs or in person during Labs hours. Please note that access to all Labs spaces ends 30 minutes before the library service hours end for the day.

The following services will also be available:

  • Button and Magnet Making: $0.25 each;
  • Cricut paper and vinyl cutter:
    • $2.00 per 12"x12" sheet of vinyl. Includes transfer tape when required.
    • $0.25 per 8.5"x11" sheet of cardstock.
    • Please note that material colours are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed.
  • All fees will be added to the user's library card account and should be paid for at the Lending Services desk on the main floor.
3D Printing Services

3D Printing

The library’s Taz 6 3D printer is available for print jobs. Please submit your file to the library's email address 3D@lpl.ca and refer to the 3D printing procedures at lpl.ca/labs for more details. The cost for 3D printing is $1.00 base cost plus $0.10 per gram of filament used. A tax of 13% (HST) is applied to the final amount. All fees will be added to the user's library card account. Items can be picked up when paid for at the Lending Services desk on the main floor.

Media Lab

Media Lab

Whether you are an avid photographer or videographer or in search of a green screen, the Media Lab will provide the tools you need. Located on the second floor, this room features a green screen wall, photography backdrops, and lighting equipment. The room also contains an iMac loaded with software such as Adobe Creative Cloud for recording and editing purposes. You will need to bring your own camera. This room can be booked for up to two hours per day.

The Studio

The Studio

Adjacent to the Media Lab, this small-but-mighty room was designed especially for audio recording. It is sound-dampened and allows musicians and podcasters to record and edit their media. The room features a high-end keyboard, as well as microphones and cables allowing instruments to be hooked into the recording software. The iMac in this space includes software for every level of experience from GarageBand to Avid Pro Tools and Adobe Creative Cloud. This room can be booked for up to two hours per day.

The Memory Lab

The Memory Lab

Located in the London Room on the third floor, this work station will enable you to digitize your own personal documents, home videos, slide negatives, and audio cassettes. Please remember to bring your own storage device so you can save your memories! A large capacity USB drive or cloud storage account is strongly recommended. This station can be reserved. Reservation length depends on your project, please speak with staff about how much time you will need.

The Creativity Lab

The Creativity Lab

The Creativity Lab provides the space and resources for digital creation of all types. Located on the second floor, this collaborative space allows you to work on individual or group projects, practice presentations, edit recordings from the Media Lab and Studio, and much, much more using our bookable, high-end iMacs and PCs, or your own laptop.

Thank you to the Richard & Beryl Ivey Fund, within the London Community Foundation, London Life, BMO Bank of Montreal and Bronnenco Construction Ltd. for their generous major gift support of The Labs at London Public Library.