3D Printing at the Library

3D printing is now available for customers and staff use. We currently have two CraftBot XL printers at the Central Library Maker Space, along with a number of other devices, such as a CNC mill, a laser engraver, a screen printer, and more. 

What is 3D printing? 3D printing is a process by which solid 3 dimensional objects are created from a programmed digital model. Users can design an object on the computer, and the printer builds the design into a solid piece or pieces using a plastic filament. 

If you would like to use the printers, you can either design a project yourself using 3D design tools (we recommend starting with Tinkercad if you aren't familiar with 3D design) or submit an existing file from someplace like Thingiverse. Call the Maker Space at 918-549-7442 for more information or to make an appointment.




I wrote a pretty comprehensive free guide on 3d printing in hopes that it would be a useful resource for libraries like Tulsa Library. Feel free to use it! Thanks!


Hello Kim,

Yes, we are still holding 3D printer orientations at our Central and Hardesty Libraries. The next sessions on the calendar are:

Saturday, June 24th, 10:30am at the Hardesty Library (8316 E 93rd St)

Saturday, July 8th,  10:30am at the Hardesty Library

Wednesday, July 12th, 6:00pm at the Central Library (4th & Denver)

You can also check our 'Classes and Events' page to see upcoming programs throughout the library system.  You can narrow it down a bit to find the Maker Space orientations by going to the 'Event type' filter near the top of the page and selecting 'Demonstrations.' 

I hope this helps.


Are there still orientation classes for the 3d printer?

Hello William,

With the reopening of the Central Library at 4th & Denver, the Librarium has been closed as our temporary downtown library location. However, the Central Library does have a new Maker Space with a larger array of tools and resources than the area we had at the Librarium. One of these tools is a Nomad 883 Pro CNC machine, which has X, Y, and Z axes. You can find out more about the machine here

In order to use the library's device, you will need to go through an orientation. There is a scheduled group orientation coming up on Monday, December 12th, at 6:00pm. No registration is required. If you have further questions, you can contact Tim Smith, the Maker Space Coordinator, at 918-549-7442 or Timothy.Smith@tulsalibrary.org

I hope this helps,


I saw where the Librarium is planning to obtain a 3-D mill as well. May I assume this is a small CNC milling machine with a spinning cutting tool? And, if so, how many axises will it have? Also, is there an estimated date when it might go on-line?

Hello Houa,

I apologize for the delayed response. The upcoming dates for 3D printing orientations are below.



At the Librarium (1110 S Denver Ave)

- Thursday, Sept. 17th at 3:30pm

- Tuesday, Sept. 29th at 3:30pm


At the Hardesty Library (8316 E 93rd St)

- Saturday, Sept. 19th at 10:00am

- Thursday, Sept. 24th at 7:00pm


Hello has the orientation dates for September been chosen yet?

Hello Greg,

At this time, the 3D printing is available only to Tulsa City County Library card holders. If you live, work, or go to school in Tulsa County, you qualify for a free library account. Out of county residents who don't meet any of those criteria can purchase a year to year membership for the Tulsa Library. The annual fee for out of county memberships is $50, and applies to all family members within a household. You can apply for either of these library card types at any public library branch in Tulsa County.


I live in Bartlesville (Washington County) can I use your 3D printers?

Hello David,

The fee for 3D printing at the library is $0.35 a gram, to cover the cost of the filament used. When you create a file, we should be able to determine the estimated weight of the finished piece prior to the printing, and we will use that weight to calculate the cost of the print job.




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