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. 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.
Want to learn how to play the guitar, create a music track with Logic Pro, or learn 3-D modeling? That and many more can be discovered through the library's online learning resources. Check out both Lynda.com and ArtistWorks and sign in with your card number and password to get started!
You can submit 3D objects directly to the library to create with one of our 3D printers! Please see our 3D Printing Resource Guide for more information on getting started then fill out an Online Request to Print form. Requests will be printed by library staff in the order in which they are received.
- Build volume: 330 x 240 x 300 mm (13 x 9.4 x 11.8 inches)
- Filament diameter: 2.85 mm
- Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm
- Print speed: 50-200 mm/s
- USB connectivity
- Filament: $0.10 per gram, or customers may bring their own
- Software: Cura (slicer), most CAD software accepted. The Maker Space currently only uses cloud-based design programs at this time, such as TinkerCAD
- File type: 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
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
- 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 I 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?
Email us at MakerSpace@tulsalibrary.org or call 918-549-7323 and ask for the Maker Space. Just let us know how you would like to use the space and we'll set you up with an orientation appointment. Staff will go over general rules, cover our policy in terms of proper use, and have you sign a Waiver of Liability form. After your orientation you can "Check Out" appointment time with equipment using your library card. Please take into consideration that those who schedule an appointment always will take precedence over walk-ins.
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.