Who can use the equipment during Open Lab?

You must be 13 or older with a library account or valid picture ID to use the equipment in Spark Labs. Children under the age of 13 can use the equipment if they are accompanied by an adult.

Before participating in open labs hours, you must take the Spark Labs Official Maker course and pass a quiz. When Makers visit Open Lab for the first time, they will meet with a staff person, review the Spark Labs Policy, and sign a waiver. Minors must have a parent present the first time they visit to sign their waiver

What Is Spark Labs?

LPCPL Spark Labs is an opportunity for people of all ages get together and informally learn STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art,  and math) related technologies through hands on experience, by sharing tools, knowledge and local expertise.

A dedicated space at the Main Library provides weekly opportunities during Open Lab to use equipment, collaborate, and learn new skills. Mobile Spark Labs brings technology education to our branch locations, schools, and community events.

Open Lab hours at Main

Mondays 2:30 p.m.-7 :00 p.m.

Thursdays 2:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Fridays 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

First Saturday of the month 9:00 p.m-4:30 p.m

Some equipment may not be available during all Open Lab hours due to classes at other locations.

Cool Tech Equipment at Spark Labs

3D Printing


Soldering Kits




LEGO Mindstorms

Cricut air

Cricut Air

creative cloud

Adobe Creative Suites

… & So Much More

Come visit our dedicated Spark Labs space at the Main Library to experiment with these technologies and see what else we have to offer. See below to find Spark Labs classes at all of our locations.

Will Spark Labs come to my classroom?

Yes! Spark Labs has a mobile component. We would be glad to work with you to see how we can help your students experience the excitement that Spark Labs has to offer. Check out the classes we offer through Libraries 360.

How can I get involved at Spark Labs?

You can join the innovation at the Spark Labs makerspace, attend one of the many classes offered at our locations, or you can become a volunteer.

How is Spark Labs funded?

Spark Labs is funded by grants, the Friends of the Library, gift funds, and corporate sponsors. If you are interested in supporting Spark Labs, please contact us at 219-362-6156 or email [email protected]

Spark Labs Classes


If you’d like to learn more about Spark Labs, we’d love to answer your questions. Click on the button below to learn more about learning opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and more.

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