Collaboratory

Collaboratory logoThe Collaboratory is our 2,400-square-foot makerspace, 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.

 

Using the Collaboratory

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Collaboratory services are very limited. The computers are available by appointment for digital media software use. The photo printer is available during the 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. computer appointments on weekdays. Call the Information Desk at (203)265-6754 if you are interested in 3D printing. We also offer laser cutting of small jobs using library-provided supplies.

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In addition, we provide virtual programs and take-home kits regularly. Please check our online calendar and monthly event flyer for the current schedule.

 

Support the Collaboratory

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.

You may also use this form for online payment for 3D prints or laser cutter projects.