The Studio at the Library

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THE STUDIO AT THE LIBRARY is an innovative, new 8,000 sq. ft. space on the lower level of the Main Library, including a makerspace, recording booths, computer lab, and gaming area. Creative tools include 3D printers, sewing machines, Cricut machines, and Glowforge laser cutters.

The Studio hosts activities for teens after school, creative workshops for adults in the evening, and is open to community members on weekends.

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Open hours on weekends

Drop in Saturdays (9–6) and Sundays (12–6) – Want to create something special? Drop in during weekend open hours to explore The Studio! Reserve a time to try out the Cricut machines, Glowforge laser cutters, or recording booths.

You can also schedule a Book-a-Librarian appointment during the week, to learn about Studio tools and resources—and get your questions answered.

Summer in The Studio for kids, teens, and all ages

Kids in the Studio – Wednesdays, 2–4 pm. School-age kids are invited to stop by for crafting. (through July 24)

Teens in the Studio – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2–4 pm. Middle and high school students, including fifth-grade graduates, are invited to drop by. (through July 25)

Teen Week in the Studio – Monday–Friday, 2–4 pm. Teens are invited to drop in and try something new! (July 29–Aug 2)

Thursday Night Drop-in Hours – Thursdays, 5–7 pm. For all ages.

Equipment + creative tools

Curious what kinds of creative tools are available for walk-in use and for reservations? Overview of Studio equipment and creative tools »


You can reserve Studio tools and recording booths for 2 hours at a time. Many creative tools—including the computer lab and gaming devices—are available without reservations.

What’s available to reserve?

• Cricut Cutting Machine
• Cricut Heat Press
• Cricut Mug Press
• Glowforge Laser Cutter
• Recording Booth (1 person and 2 person)

The recording booths provide sound dampening and are equipped with a computer, speakers, mic, headphones, and keyboard.

Reservations are available during weekend hours. For reservations »

For 3D and large format prints, please submit your files. We’ll take care of printing for you!

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First-time user? Schedule a Book-a-Librarian appointment or connect with a staff member, prior to your reservation time.

Materials & pricing

Colored vinyl, tote bags, wood, and acrylic – When you use The Studio during library workshops, we supply materials. The rest of the time, you’ll be able to purchase some supplies. The Studio is stocked with materials for customizing your projects, including vinyl sheets for the Cricut machines, wood and acrylic for the laser cutters, and poster paper. If you bring your own materials, library staff will need to approve before use. Pricing for materials »


Need help with a creative project or learning new technology? Interested in taking a tour? Set up a one-on-one consultation with one of our staff members.

Creative workshops for adults

Crafty Adults, Writer’s Workshops, Tech Workshops – Looking for creative workshops for adults? You can create something new at Crafty Adults, connect with other writers and hone your skills at Writer’s Workshops, and get your technology questions answered at Tech Workshops in The Studio each month. We supply all materials for library workshops. Go to calendar »

How can I schedule a visit?

Book-a-Librarian – We offer one-on-one assistance with Studio tools and resources. To schedule an appointment, call 217/403-2000 or reserve online. Book-a-Librarian »

The Studio at the Library is made possible with support from the Library Foundation, Library Friends, and the City of Champaign.

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Open Weekends 

• Saturdays (9–6)
• Sundays (12–6)
• or by appointment

During the week, The Studio is open for library programs and Book-a-Librarian appointments.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) »


Curious what kinds of equipment and creative tools are available in The Studio? Equipment + creative tools »

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When you use The Studio during a library workshop, we supply materials. The rest of the time, you’ll be able to purchase some supplies. Pricing for materials »

Questions? Ask us.

Adult Services


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