Located within the downtown Central Library, the Renee F. Neuwald Trust Maker Space is a hands-on, creator-focused working space for the people of Tulsa County. Opening in October of 2016, the Maker Space provides our visitors a place to work on their next great idea, develop a new skill, or learn a new hobby in a supportive environment. We provide monthly orientations for most of the major equipment that the space provides, along with special programming throughout the year geared towards adults, teens and children.
You can gain access to the space and use the various equipment and software by attending the corresponding orientation. For a breakdown of requirements and other information, see our Frequently Asked Questions section at the end of this page. See our Library Event Guide for a list of upcoming Maker Space events and programs. Already attended an orientation? Contact the Maker Space to make an Appointment and reserve your time to get to work!
Want to learn how to play the guitar, make a beat with ProTools, or learn 3-D modeling? That and many more can be discovered through the libraries online learning resources. Check out both Lynda.com and ArtistWorks and sign in with your card number and password to get started!
- Build volume: 12” x 8” x 17”
- Layer resolution: 100, 200, 300 microns
- Filament diameter: 1.75 mm
- Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm
- Print speed: 50-200 mm/s
- USB connectivity
- Filament: PLA ($0.10 per gram, or customers may bring their own)
- Software: Craftware (slicer), most CAD software accepted. The Maker Space currently only uses cloud-based design programs at this time, such as TinkerCAD, though we hope to add more in the future.
- File types: OBJ and STL
- 24" x 12" work area
- 7" max material thickness
- CO2 laser tube
- Raster and vector
- Enclosed ventilation system
- Cuts through 1/4" material thickness
- Software used: Corel Draw
Since materials that can be cut or engraved can be extensive, these will be covered during orientation.
- Work area: 8” x 8” x 3”
- Cutting, engraving and inlays
- Spindle speed: up to 10,000 RPM
- Spindle mount: ER-11 Collet
- Mounting: MDF board, vise, flip jig
- Files: jpeg, stl, svg, dxf
- Software: Carbide Motion, Carbide Create, MeshCAM, Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator
- Materials: wood, plastics, metals
- Maximum cut width: 36 in
- Maximum cut length: 15 ft
- Contour cutting
- Registration marking
- Materials accepted: standard vinyl, heat transfer, paper, craft paper, card stock, paint mask
- We currently only carry standard vinyl, $0.50 per sq ft
- Software: VinylMaster Cut
Here at Central's Maker Space, we use a stencil method of screen printing, using our vinyl cutter to create the stencils to make our design to put on bags, T-shirts or even remnant cloth. Also included in the process:
- Screen-printing screens
- Water-based ink (After first three shirts or no ink is available, customers are required to provide own ink.)
- Screen press
- Heat gun
- 32 built-in stitches (6 Basic Stitches, 7 Stretch Stitches, 18 Decorative Stitches, 1 Buttonhole)
- Auto needle threader
- Top drop-in bobbin
- Foot pedal
- Auto reverse
- Adjustable stitch length
- Color-coded upper thread guides
- Stitch length 0.8 mm to 4.0 mm
- Differential feed ratio of 0.7 to 2.0
- Stitch width 3.0 mm to 7.0 mm
- Up to 1,300 stitches per minute
- Includes WES series power unit, PES51 soldering pencil, PH50 stand, sponge and PW50 probe
- Tip temperature offset capability
- Digital display, tip temperature control range: 350°F to 850°F (177°C to 454°C)
- Allows user to reset station temperature to match in tip sizes & styles
- Iron is fitted with a nonburnable silicon rubber cord for safety
- UL and cUL listed
- ESD safe to protect sensitive components
- Allows degrees F to C conversion
We also carry a variety of general hand tools and other supplies you can utilize while using the space. We're always on the lookout for new and different ways of creating projects, so if you don't see something that you're looking for, let us know and we'll look into it.
- Mallets & hammers
- Pliers & wrenches
- Power drill
- Rotary tool
- Heat guns
- Knitting needles & crochet hooks
- Drawing pencils & artists' pens
- Rulers, measuring tape & T-squares
- And much more!
Our Audio Lab is a dedicated room located within the Maker Space for customers with any audio recording needs. From recording voice-overs and narration, to music production and mixing, we carry some of the most popular and modern recording equipment and software. All that's needed to get started is scheduling a brief orientation with staff by contacting the Maker Space. Due to the limited size of the Audio Lab, the orientation provided is the only service that is conducted individually. Below is a brief listing of some of the software and equipment that the lab provides. For more specific information, including tutorials and general operational use, click on the title of the product below.
- Yamaha MG16XU Mixers
- Blue Yeti Pro Studio Microphone
- Blue Yeti Spark Studio Microphone
- Shure SM57 Multi-function Microphone
- Roland Studio Capture Audio Interface
- Radial J48 Digital Input Box
- Komplete Kontrol MIDI/Keyboard
- Maschine Drum Sampler/DAW
What is a Maker Space?
A "maker space" is generally used to describe any place where those interested in crafting, design, technology and any other creative pursuits can work on their projects, either by themselves or as a group. As public libraries always have been institutions of learning at their core, we felt extending that philosophy through additional opportunities was important, and the Maker Space is one of the many ways that we can continue to do that.
What can the community do in the Maker Space?
That largely depends on where your interests lie and what you’re trying to accomplish. You may have that next great idea and need a place to plan out and prototype your invention using one of our 3D printers or laser engraver. Maybe you’re in theater and want to make your own costume using our sewing machines. Or you could just want to learn a new hobby that you’ve thought about but never really pursued for various reasons. In the end, it’s up to each person to decide what he/she wants to create in our Maker Space, and we want to give our community those opportunities.
Is there a cost to use the Maker Space?
There is no cost for the space itself or the use of equipment, though the majority of materials must be provided by our customers with few exceptions. We can, at the very least, point you in the right direction where you can obtain what you need either through online vendors or local businesses. You may have something lying around the house or stuffed in the back of your closet that you could put to use!
How do I get an appointment to use the equipment?
Getting an appointment depends on what you'd like to do in the Maker Space. For our 3D printers, CNC mill, laser engraver and Audio Lab, you'll need to take a special orientation for each one due to some equipment complexity. There is a small risk in damaging the machines themselves or more importantly, risk of injury to yourself or others if proper safety measures are not taken into account. For everything else that the space has, it comes down to honing a particular skill, more than safety concerns. Simply speaking with a Maker Space staff member can get you started in that regard. Staff will go over general rules, cover our policy in terms of proper use, and have you sign a Waiver of Liability form. Please take into consideration that those who schedule an appointment always will take precedence over walk-ins.
When do you have orientations?
We host orientations presented by our staff every month. You generally can find what's available through our monthly Event Guide, either in print at your local library or online. You also can contact the Maker Space directly. As soon as you've completed a specialized or general orientation, we'll make note of it in your library account, listing what permissions you've accrued.
Are there any time limits in the Maker Space?
Generally, you're granted at least two hours of work time if you make an appointment in advance. This allows all users the opportunity to gain access; though if no one else is scheduled for the equipment you're using, you may request to be allowed additional time. This is solely left to the discretion of Maker Space staff.
I have an idea that I'd like to try out but I don't know where to start. Can someone teach me?
As the Maker Space is a self-directed workspace, staff will endeavor to provide you with all the resources that the library has at its disposal to assist you with your work, including basic instructions in some of the resources we offer. That being said, it is the responsibility of all our customers to learn how to use said resources and develop their own project ideas, as staff cannot provide one-to-one training.
I'm with an organization/community group. Would it be possible to facilitate a program to utilize the Maker Space for us?
We're always open to partnering with our community in whatever way we can. It mostly depends on what you have in mind and how your group wishes to use the Maker Space. Contact us through email at email@example.com and a staff member will get back with you to discuss your idea.
I love your Maker Space but I wish you provided certain equipment, software, programming, etc.
If you have a suggestion that you believe would be an asset to the community and help them realize their ideas, speak with a staff member and we'll look into any suggestions that you have for future consideration.
Do you accept volunteers?
To begin consideration for volunteering in the Maker Space, read over our description and follow the link provided below to contact our Volunteer Services Department. They will guide you through the process of getting started. Contact Maker Space staff for an in-person interview.
Renee F. Neuwald Maker Space
Volunteer Position Description
Are you a creative person who enjoys sharing that knowledge with others? Do you enjoy working with your hands, as well as your mind? Then the Renee F. Neuwald Maker Space at Central Library could be what you're looking for!
As a volunteer of the Maker Space, you'll provide general guidance and encourage other customers with their projects, learn how to use the various equipment and software provided within the Maker Space, and collaborate with staff in how to better serve the people of Tulsa County in regards to making.
Although helpful, no previous experience necessary in a similar environment is needed, but enthusiasm, cooperation and a willingness to learn are required.
- Genuine enthusiasm for making and 'maker' philosophy
- Willingness to learn and try out new things
- Ability to effectively communicate and engage with all members of the community
- Formal or informal background in technology, art, science, design or any other related skills are desired (but not required)
- Flexibility with scheduling
- Minimum age: 16
- Provide general assistance to customers in the Maker Space
- Observe that customers are following proper equipment operation and adhering to Tulsa City-County Library Maker Space Policy while using the space
- Educate oneself with equipment provided in the Maker Space through hands-on experimentation and staff instruction
- Keep the Maker Space clean and organized
- Inform Maker Space assistant or library staff stationed within the Maker Space of any concerns or issues encountered relating to equipment, staff or general interactions with library customers
- Offer specific instruction or workshops in areas of expertise (optional)
- Learn new skills and meet new people
- Earn community service hours for school, college or your resume
- Access to use the Maker Space for your own personal projects
- The knowledge that your involvement has helped provide a positive environment for others and encourages them to further develop their creative goals
- Although part of the Maker Space, our Audio Lab does not take volunteers at this time