Access SLO MakerSpace for Free
Do you have a FREE SLO County Library Card?
SLO MakerSpace and the San Luis Obispo County Library have collaborated to open up the Central Coast’s only MakerSpace for limited hours to all SLO County Library Cardholders!
Open Library Hours:
THU & FRI: 3p - 7p
SAT & SUN: 11a – 3p
SLO County Library Cardholders who want to access SLO MakerSpace must come in for Orientation which is offered on an as-needed basis. During Orientation, we will cover the parts of the Space which are immediately accessible which include, sewing, textiles, graphic design, sound studio, electronics, and more. Many machines and areas of the shop require an additional one to two certification classes to use. These classes are $25 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.
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 16 hours each week after they’ve passed our Basic Safety Class. Kids 17 and under must be accompanied in a 1:1 ratio by a legal guardian with a valid Library Badge and they must be working on a maker project with a legal guardian. Children may not use the space for homework, reading alone, etc. Library cards must be presented for admission every time.
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 16 hours each week after they’ve passed our Basic Safety Class. Kids under 18? See next question.
Q: What about kids under 18?
A: Please see your children's page.
Q: When can I visit SLO MakerSpace?
A: Library patrons will receive free access to the space THU & FRI 3p – 7p; and SAT & SUN 11a – 3p. 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 one to two-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 $0.33/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.