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Located on the first floor in the Business & Technology Center, the MakerLab gives Barrington Area Library cardholders access to a variety of cutting edge tools including 3D printers, a laser cutter, and vinyl cutter. The MakerLab also features MakerKits for a range of age levels and technical abilities. There is something for everyone, so stop in today and make something at your library!

Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine

The Cameo is a versatile cutting machine that uses software to cut intricate shapes, stencils, patterns, & designs on a variety of materials including adhesive vinyl & cardstock. Barrington Area Library cardholders may bring in & cut their own approved materials.

Getting started:

How to Use Silhouette Software (Instructional Video)

Make this project in MakerLab:

Pop-Up Greeting Card

Approved Materials
Vinyl, paper, cardstock, scrapbook paper, & heat transfer material.

Materials available for purchase
8" x 12" adhesive vinyl (sticker paper) - $1.50
8.5" x 11" cardstock - $.10

File Formats

Full Spectrum Laser Cutter

The Full Spectrum Laser is able to etch & cut wood & acrylic & will only be used in library programs and MakerLab Open Shop.
To view upcoming programs, please visit our Events Calendar.

For questions about custom materials, please contact

Materials available for purchase
3.5" x 3.5" x 1/8" Acrylic - $2.00
3.5" x 3.5" x 1/8" Bamboo - $2.00

MakerBot Mini

Barrington Area Library cardholders may use one of the 3D printers at a cost of $1 per 30 minutes, up to 2 hours per project. Staff will not begin any job within 1 hour of closing and patrons need to pick up their project after completion. The project must allow an additional 30 minutes (no additional cost) from the estimated finish time. The Barrington Area Library will not print weapons or look alike weapons.

Getting Started: Download or design a project

Download a project file from Thingiverse OR Design your own 3D file with Tinkercad.

Instructional Videos:

Download a 3D file from Thingiverse   (VIDEO)
Tinkercad 3D Design for Beginners      (VIDEO)
Import 3D File to MakerBot Desktop    (VIDEO)

File Formats


MakerKits are a great way to begin tinkering in the MakerLab & feature hardware to support a range of technical abilities. Kits can be checked out by Barrington Area Library cardholders for two hours, for use in the MakerLab. Please note that a parent or responsible caregiver (age 16 or older) must accompany and directly supervise children age 8 and younger.


Make in MakerLab - LED Circuits
Get started with the Arduino MakerKit

Ages 10+

Crochet & Knitting

Make in MakerLab - Coaster
Get started knitting

Ages 10+

Kano (Coming Soon)

Make in MakerLab - Program & Play Minecraft
Get started with Kano

Ages 8+

Kinect Sensor

Make in MakerLab - 3D Selfie
Get started with Kinect

Ages 10+

LEGO EV3 (Coming Soon)

Make in MakerLab - Build GRIPP3R
Get started with EV3

Ages 10+


Make in MakerLab - WeDo Animals
Get started with WeDo

Ages 8+


Make in MakerLab - Waving flag
Get started with littleBits

Ages 8+

Makey Makey

Make in MakerLab - Game controller
Get started with Makey Makey

Ages 8+

Rainbow Loom

Make in MakerLab - Spiral bracelet
Get started with Rainbow Loom

Ages 8+

Raspberry Pi

Make in MakerLab - Build computer
Get started with Raspberry Pi

Ages 14+


Make in MakerLab - Bridge
Get started with Strawbees

Ages 8+

Tetrix (Coming Soon)

Make in MakerLab - Ranger (Instructions Included)
Get started with Tetrix

Ages 14+


MakerLab has laptop computers for use within the space. Software includes:

3DS Max
Makerware Desktop
Microsoft Office

Reconstruct Me
Retina Engrave
Silhouette Studio
Sketchup Make