LPCPL Exchange FAQs

The LPCPL Exchange has a variety of spaces and equipment for you to use to create and learn! You can work on projects and develop skills in the makerspace, get creative with tools and equipment, or use study rooms and open spaces. You can also train on equipment or attend classes to build or improve your skills. 

Anyone from age 8 and up can use the space. The first step is getting an LPCPL library card. If you don’t have a card, we can help you with that on your first visit. Children and teens under the age of 18 will need a waiver signed by a responsible adult and children between the ages of 8 and 11 must be accompanied by an adult while using the space and equipment. See the Makerspace Policy for more details. 

You can reserve study rooms and meeting spaces, use the open seating, or create with equipment and hand tools any time during open hours. Some equipment requires training and orientation. You can begin your training at the LPCPL Academy. 

Everyone who completes equipment training will be issued a free account through Fabman.io which tracks your equipment training and allows you to make equipment reservations. You will also be issued a card that will turn on the reserved equipment if you are certified to use it. 

The Exchange Makerspace has a variety of equipment suitable for different skill levels and interests. To view a list of equipment, visit the Exchange Makerspace web page. 

Classes and equipment training always include necessary materials. For independent projects, basic materials are available. You can bring materials of your own as long as they are suitable for the machines you are using. 

Absolutely. You can enjoy fast Wi-Fi, reservable spaces, and comfortable seating any time during open hours! The Study Rooms include a computer with video conferencing tools for your convenience.

There is no membership or fee to use the space. There is a policy that all users must follow, and signed waivers are required to use the makerspace. 

Workshops and classes are always free! You can register and learn from knowledgeable library staff or volunteers as often as you want, free of charge! 

Classes or demonstrations are a great way to try something new! Each class provides the instruction necessary to start your learning or complete a project in a friendly, welcoming environment. You can also find a project to try on Creativebug or another online platform. 

If you are interested in helping at the LPCPL Exchange, we can always use more volunteers! If you have special skills or training, you can teach a class or mentor makers. If leading a class doesn’t work for you, you can volunteer to help set up and tear down events and classes, help prepare class materials, or assist with tours of the building. 

Visit laportelibrary.org and the events calendar to stay up to date on library news, LPCPL Exchange updates, and current classes. We hope to see you soon!