The Collaboratory is our 2,400-square-foot maker space, digital media lab, and coworking space in the Main Library. It contains a wide variety of state-of-the-art technology as well as traditional handcrafting tools. The Collaboratory is divided into two areas. The main space contains computers, work tables, a horseshoe booth with a projection and collaboration system, and a popup photography/video studio. The smaller room, which we’ve named the Vault, houses the equipment that requires staff supervision. We provide individual instruction about the more complex equipment as well as small group maker activities.
Learn more about Collaboratory equipment.
The Collaboratory is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Connecticut State Library.
We offer both full-service and self-service hours. During full-service hours, the Vault is open and staff are available to assist you. Self-service hours are the remaining operating hours of the Main Library. During self-service hours, the Vault is closed and there are no dedicated staff on hand.
Monday: 9:30-1:00 and 1:30-9:00
Wednesday: 9:30-1:00 and 1:30-9:00
Thursday: 9:30-1:00 and 1:30-5:00
Saturday: 9:30-1:00 and 1:30-5:00
Using the Collaboratory
During full-service hours, our staff can help you get started with most equipment. To access the Vault, you will need to sign a waiver and undergo training on the piece of equipment you would like to use. Please call us at (203)265-6754 to set up an appointment.
You may reserve the longarm quilting machine and the computerized sewing machine up to one week in advance. Collaboratory staff manage the production queue for the Carvey, Eggbot, and laser cutter.
You also may reserve the conference table or booth with projection system for a group project or the popup studio for photography or videography. We take reservations for these areas up to two months in advance.
Support the Collaboratory
Volunteers play an important role in the Collaboratory by providing instruction about equipment and software and leading activities. If you have skills to share, we’d love to hear from you. Fill out a volunteer application to start the process.
We also accept donations of art and craft supplies and maker equipment. Please note that if these donations do not fit our needs, we will pass them along to another worthy organization. You may drop off your donation at the Information Desk.
In addition, we welcome monetary donations of all sizes to support the purchase of new equipment and programming for our continuously evolving space. Please contact Janet Flewelling, Head of Emerging & Creative Technologies, if you or your organization would like to sponsor a specific piece of equipment or workshop series.