Today: STEM Library CLOSED

The Makerspace @ the STEM Library

Located on the first floor of the STEM Library, the Makerspace is home to many kinds of equipment. Due to COVID-19, to keep our users and staff safe, we've closed the Makerspace and cannot process any print orders for the foreseeable future. We will keep this page updated as circumstances change and the Makerspace is once again open and able to take requests. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Loanable Tool Kits

STEM library, in partnership with Terrapin Works in the James A. Clark School of Engineering, also provides loanable tool kits which students can check out and use for projects on the go. During the pandemic, tool kits will be loaned for a period of 2 weeks. Please submit your request 1 week in advance, using our Fall 2020 Tech Desk Equipment request form. Once your reservation is confirmed, the kit will be picked up at Mckeldin Library through our curbside pickup service.  

Types of kits that are available are: 

  • Electronics: Soldering iron, Multimeter, Helping Hands, Wiring, Breadboard and more.
  • Fastening: Screw Drivers, C-Clamps, Hot-Glue Gun, Tape Measure, Combination Square and more.
  • Woodworking: Hammer, Mini Hacksaw, Scribing Compass, Torpedo Level, Files and more
  • General Engineering: Screw Drivers, Files, Mini Pliers, Rachet Set, Hot Glue Gun and more.
Briefcase filled with tools that can be loaned at STEM Library

General Engineering Tool Kit

Briefcase filled with tools that can be loaned at STEM Library

Woodworking Tool Kit

Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox

AR Sandbox Competition Image - Mountains

The Augmented Reality Sandbox (ARSandbox) is an interactive box of sand connected to an XBox Kinect and projector. Faculty and students can use it for a variety of activities including modeling topographic maps, exploring hydrologic systems, and demonstrating geomorphology principles. 

We strongly encourage the use of the Sandbox for Research and Instruction. If you are interested in seeing a demonstration, having a librarian teach an instruction session with the sandbox, or would like to set up a time to use the box, please contact Jodi Coalter at

3D Printing

STEM Library patrons have access to 3D printing in two forms. The first, is to book an instruction session, and have library staff show you the ropes. Learn where to find models, how to change filament, and print your first job for free.

Zortrax M300 3D Printer

Zortrax M300

Already familiar with the basics? Submit a part to be printed by staff and picked up at the STEM Library services desk.

This service is temporarily suspended.

The cost for the 'print a part' service is $0.20/gram and requests for 3D printing are done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Payment is via Terrapin Express, Credit Card (must be over $5) or Copy Card. Ready to print? Fill out our 3D Print Request Form to get started.

Laser Cutting  

STEM Library patrons have the ability to cut, engrave and score with our new Glowforge laser cutter. First time Glowforge users are encouraged to book an instruction session with library staff to learn some simple best practices before starting on a project.

If patrons have already been given instruction by STEM library staff, or can prove they've completed training at another campus makerspace, patrons should complete our project request form, so we can approve the project, and schedule a time for you to use the equipment.     

Glowforge w/ lid open showing engraved draft board coasters inside



Coming Soon . . .

New technologies to help you experiment and bring your ideas to life, including a CNC milling machine and Dobot Magician robotic arm!