The Studio

Corner angle of The Studio workspace

The Studio at the Winnetka Library is a do-it-yourself makerspace for hands-on experiential learning and creativity.


Monday 9am – 9pm Appointments & Events Only
Tuesday 9am – 9pm Appointments & Events Only
Wednesday 9am – 9pm Appointments & Events Only

9am – 1pm

1pm – 3pm

3pm – 5pm

5pm – 9pm

Appointments & Events Only

The Studio is Closed

Drop-In Tech Help Only

Appointments & Events Only

Friday 9am – 5pm Drop In Only
Saturday 9am – 5pm Drop In Only
Sunday 1pm – 5pm Drop In Only

The final projects of the day must be finished at least 15 minutes prior to closing time.


Appointments will be available Monday through Thursday for WNPLD cardholders only. Only one appointment will be permitted per cardholder per day.


  • WNPLD cardholders will be given priority for event registration. All others will be placed on a waiting list until one week prior to the event.
  • The Studio has a maximum capacity of six simultaneous projects during drop-in hours, if at capacity patrons may be asked to return later. 
  • Patrons are responsible for preparing their designs and completing their projects. The Studio staff are available to help troubleshoot and answer questions.
  • Patrons are encouraged to bring in their own materials for scheduled appointments and drop-in sessions.
  • The creative process often involves a lot of trial-and-error, so we suggest patrons bring in spare materials.  


The makerspace equipment cannot be used to create anything that:

  • Violates local, state, or federal law.
  • Could be used as or simulates weaponry.
  • Is not appropriate in a library environment.
  • Violates copyright or trademark protections.


Desktop Mac computer

The Studio also has a Mac mini loaded with the full Adobe Creative Cloud, and is connected to a scanner to digitize slides, photos, and film. The Mac is also able to convert VHS tapes to MP4 files to load onto a thumb drive or blank DVD.

Reserve Equipment
Embroidery Machine needle

Embroidery machines have many fonts and designs pre-programmed into them for easy use. The Studio also has software that can help patrons convert their own designs to a file for embroidery.

Reserve Equipment
People working at laser engraver station

Our Epilog laser engraver is 30 watts and has a flatbed that can accommodate materials up to 24” x 12.” There is also a rotary attachment that allows you to engrave a cylinder such as a glass or coated travel mug.

Reserve Equipment
vinyl cutter machine

The Silhouette is a vinyl cutter that can cut intricate designs into sticker vinyl, heat-pressed vinyl, or cardstock.

Reserve Equipment

3D Printing

Our Lulzbot Mini II 3D printer can accommodate a print area of 6.3” x 6.3” x 7.09” and can print jobs that take six hours or less. The cost is $.10 per gram of filament used, and we would be happy to provide a cost estimate before printing.

If you have a STL file for printing please submit the form below and we will contact you when your print is complete.

We charge $0.10 per gram of filament. Print time cannot exceed six hours. Our maximum print area is 6.3” x 6.3” x 7.09”.
One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: stl, zip.