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!

MakerLab Policy

For the full policy, please read: MakerLab policy

MakerLab is open to Barrington Area Library cardholders

• Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, 16 or older, at all time

• No food or beverage is allowed in the MakerLab

• Room capacity: 8


Schedule an appointment to use Carvey

Barrington Area Library cardholders may use the Carvey to etch and cut out wood during a one on one appointment or during Carvey programs. We have 1/8" 3.5" x 5.5" bamboo and baltic birch woods available to purchase. If you would like us to consider your new, custom material, please e-mail our Digital Services Manager at mcampagna@balibrary.org.

3.5" x 5.5" x 1/8" Bamboo - $2.00
3.5" x 5.5" x 1/8" Birch - $1.25
3.5" x 5.5" x 1/2" Birch - $1.50
3.5" x 5.5" x 1/2" Walnut Plywood - $1.75

File Formats


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.

Instructional Video:

Silhouette Studio software basics (VIDEO)

Make this project in MakerLab:

Pop-Up Greeting Card

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

Materials available for purchase
12" x 12" adhesive vinyl (sticker paper) - $1.50
12" x 12" transfer paper - $2.00
8.5" x 11" cardstock - $.10

File Formats

Full Spectrum Laser Cutter


Schedule an appointment to use the laser cutter 

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

For questions about custom materials, please contact mcampagna@balibrary.org

Materials available for purchase
3.5" x 5.5" x 1/8" Acrylic - $2.00
3.5" x 5.5" x 1/8" Bamboo - $2.00
3.5" x 5.5" x 1/8" Birch - $1.25

Lulzbot Mini

Submit a 3D File: Fill Out This Form

Barrington Area Library cardholders may use one of the 3D printers at a cost of $.10 per gram of filament. The maximum file size of an object is 6" x 6" x 6" and the maximum print time must be less than 6 hours. After the print is complete, staff will notify you and ask you to please pick up the print within the next 7 days from the Business and Technology desk, located on the first floor. The Barrington Area Library will not print weapons or look alike weapons.

Download or design a project

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

Project Instructions:
See what we have made in MakerLab and follow step by step instructions to make your own!
Download a 3D file from Thingiverse   (VIDEO)
Tinkercad 3D Design for Beginners      (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
Getting Started Guide - Arduino

Ages 10+

Crochet & Knitting

Make in MakerLab - Coaster
Getting Started Guide - Knit

Ages 10+

Kinect Sensor

Make in MakerLab - 3D Selfie
Getting Started Guide - Kinect

Ages 10+


Make in MakerLab - Build GRIPP3R
Getting Started Guide - EV3

Ages 10+


Make in MakerLab - WeDo Animals
Getting Started Guide - WeDo

Ages 8+


Make in MakerLab - Waving flag
Getting Started Guide - littleBits

Ages 8+

Makey Makey

Make in MakerLab - Game controller
Geting Started Guide - Makey Makey

Ages 8+

Rainbow Loom

Make in MakerLab - Spiral bracelet
Getting Started Guide - Rainbow Loom

Ages 8+

Raspberry Pi

Make in MakerLab - Build computer
Gettting Started Guide - Raspberry Pi

Ages 14+


Make in MakerLab - Bridge
Getting Started Guide - Strawbees

Ages 8+



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

3DS Max
Autodesk Autocad
Autodesk Inventor
Makerware Desktop

Microsoft Office
Reconstruct Me
Retina Engrave
Silhouette Studio
Sketchup Make