Access SLO MakerSpace for Free

Limited to a scheduled 15 hours/week for SLO County Library Cardholders

Do you have a FREE SLO County Library Card?

SLO MakerSpace and the San Luis Obispo County Library have started a collaboration to open up the Central Coast’s only MakerSpace for limited hours to all SLO County Library Cardholders!

Open Library Hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 4pm-7pm

Saturday: 10am-1pm

SLO County Library Cardholders who want to access SLO MakerSpace must take our FREE Basic Safety Course before accessing our space. After Basic Safety Cardholders can use the large format printers, vinyl/paper cutter, textiles (sewing, serger), electronics, music studio and the woodshop (except woodturning and CNC Router). Some machines and areas of the shop require an additional 1-2 certification classes to use. These classes are $25-$50 each and the responsibility of the member or Library Cardholder. Always be sure to check out See our Classes and Events Calendar for class offerings and times.

Please email library@slomakerspace.com for further questions or issues.

FAQ

Q: What is SLO MakerSpace? A: It is an open, collaborative machine/wood/electronics shop and craft center where one can build projects, teach and take classes, and network with others interested in making things. If you would like to learn more about SLO Makerspace please visit www.slomakerspace.com/about/ or visit SLO MakerSpace during tour times listed on our calendar.

Q: Who can visit SLO MakerSpace? A: Anyone with a valid SLO County Library card will be provided free access to SLO Makerspace for up to 15 hours each week, after they’ve passed our Basic Safety Class. Kids 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Library cards must be presented for admission every time.

Q: When can I visit SLO MakerSpace? A: Library patrons will receive free access to the space Tuesday-Friday 4:00pm – 7:00pm, and Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm. If you would like to visit the space outside of those hours you would need to become a SLO MakerSpace Member.

Q: Where is SLO MakerSpace? A: SLO MakerSpace is located in the retail center at the intersection of Higuera St and Madonna Rd, 81 Higuera St, Suites 160 + 180. SLO MakerSpace is in the Northeast corner of the complex.

Q: What equipment does SLO MakerSpace provide? A: SLO MakerSpace is equipped with a wide range of woodworking and metalworking tools, ceramics studio, electronics lab, 3D printers, music studio, and more. For a complete list of equipment please visit the SLO MakerSpace Facility website. Note: Several areas of our shop require an additional 1 to 2 hour certification course to use – please check their listings or our calendar for class times and prices.

Q: Are materials provided? A: A limited amount of laser cutting material, clay, vinyl, and 3D printer filament is available for purchase, however users are generally expected to bring their own raw materials (wood, metal, nail, screws, glue, fasteners, etc.) for projects.

Q: Are there additional costs to use SLO MakerSpace? A: Yes, each area may carry additional fees. For example, in ceramics you’ll need to buy clay and pay for firing fees; in 3D printing you weigh the filament before you print and after and pay per the gram; you’ll pay $0.50/min for burn time on the laser cutter; you’ll provide your own end mills for the CNC router; and so on. If you have a concern about additional costs, please email us or ask that area’s Instructor during certification class.

Greg Money

Library Program Coordinator

More details on Greg coming soon!