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Learning Lab

About The Learning Lab

Hickory Public Library’s Learning Lab provides access to tools and technology that support learning, creativity, connection, and accessibility through hands-on learning. 

Who can use The Learning Lab?

•    The Learning Lab is available to library patrons ages 7 and up. An adult must accompany users younger than age 12 at all times. 
•    A current Hickory Public Library card is required for use of the Learning Lab.
•    Patrons must sign the user agreement policy and participate in a free orientation session conducted by library staff before using the Lab.

Rules 

1.    Users are expected to follow rules and regulations as set forth in the Library Use Guidelines and Internet Use Policy, available on the library’s website or from library staff.
2.    No food or drink is allowed in the Learning Lab.
3.    The Learning Lab is open during normal Library operating hours. The Lab is staffed during specific times of the day/week.  Priority for Lab use will be given to Library programs. The Lab closes 15 minutes before the Library closes. 
4.    Some equipment requires advance reservation. An updated list of available equipment and reservation requirements will be kept on the Library’s website and in the Learning Lab. (3D Printer Policy)
5.    Equipment may not be removed from the Learning Lab.
6.    The Library is not responsible for damage to user's equipment, loss of data, nor for liability that occurs from the patron's use of Library provided technologies/equipment.
7.    Individuals will be held responsible for malicious tampering and/or damage of equipment.
8.    It is the user’s responsibility to delete and/or remove any personal files or property (digital or print) from Library equipment. Files left behind will be deleted by staff.
9.    The Learning Lab may be used only for lawful purposes. The public is prohibited from using the Lab to create material that is:

  • prohibited by local, state, or federal law
  • unsafe, harmful, or dangerous 
  • inappropriate for the library environment
  • or in violation of another's intellectual property rights.

10.    Only materials approved by and supplied by the Library (papers, inks, filaments, etc.) may be used in Library equipment. Users are responsible for the costs of materials used. A current fee schedule is available on the Library website.

Hours

Monday: By appointment only
Tuesday - Wednesday: Open Lab 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and by appointment
Thursday: Open Lab 4:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. and by appointment
Friday: By appointment only
Saturday: By appointment. Open Lab 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month (August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10, 2022)

Equipment

The Learning Lab has several pieces of equipment and technology for patrons to use. To use any of the equipment listed, patrons must have a Hickory library card and complete a brief orientation to ensure proper use and safety. The following table shows available equipment, how each may be accessed, what materials are supplied by the library, any associated fees, and whether or not non-library materials can be used. 
 

*All non-library materials must be approved by staff prior to use

Equipment

Access

Library-Supplied Materials

Fees

Non-Library Materials*

Fusion 3D Printer

-File Submission

PLA Filament

$2.00 per item plus

$.10 cents per gram

NO

Canon Large Format Printer

-File Submission

Basic Paper

Premium Matte Paper

Matte Polypropylene Banner

$2.00 per print plus

Basic Paper $.25 cents per linear foot

Premium $.75 cents per linear foot

Matte Banner $1.75 per linear foot

NO

Button Maker

-Reservation

-Open Lab

1”, 2”, and 3” buttons

 

$.50 cents per button

YES

Cricut Maker 3

 

-Reservation

-Open Lab

Various tools and cutting mats

N/A

YES

Approved Materials List

Sewing Machine

-Reservation

-Open Lab

Thread while supplies last

N/A

YES

Leather Tools

-Open Lab

Leather pieces while supplies last

N/A

YES

Polymer Clay Oven

-Open lab

Sculpting Tools

N/A

YES

WACOM Tablet

-Reservation

-Open Lab

WACOM Drawing Pen

N/A

NO

Loom

-Reservation

-Open Lab

N/A

N/A

YES

Knitting Machine

 

-Reservation

-Open Lab

N/A

N/A

YES

Yarn Swift and Yarn Winder

-Reservation

-Open Lab

N/A

N/A

YES

LightBox

-Reservation

-Open Lab

N/A

N/A

YES

Green Screen

-Reservation

N/A

N/A

N/A

MAC Computer

-Reservation

-Open Lab

Photoshop, Blender, Inkscape, and more. For a full list of applications, call or visit the library.

N/A

N/A

IBM Computer

-Reservation

-Open Lab

Photoshop, Blender, Inkscape, and more. For a full list of applications, call or visit the library.

N/A

N/A

Safety

Follow the safety guidelines below for all projects.

1.    If any tool or piece of equipment is not working properly, cease use and notify Library staff immediately.
2.    Report any accident or incident that occurs in The Learning Lab to a Library staff member.
3.    Adult caregivers should supervise children at all times. Some tools and equipment contain sharp, hot or otherwise potentially dangerous elements.
4.    Keep hands, fingers, hair, loose clothing, and dangling jewelry away from the blades or other moving parts of equipment.
5.    When using blades, point them away from you and others and always cut away from the body.
6.    Wear clothing appropriate for the activity being performed and safety equipment when applicable.
7.    Maintain a tidy workstation. Keep your area free of clutter and debris. Clean up your area after working.
8.    Return all tools and materials to a library staff member or to the proper storage area after use.