A place for you to build, invent, tinker, learn and create. No matter what your skill set, Forge will support your creative process, expand your mind, allow you to explore new technologies and discover do-it-yourself solutions. Check out all of the equipment available in the space here.
Forge is an open, shared environment to facilitate connections, partnerships, and creativity for all ages.
Certain equipment may have proficiency requirements, and there may be fees associated with supplies. Staff must approve any outside materials used on equipment and reserves the right to disapprove certain materials, tools, etc. The Library cannot guarantee model quality, equipment availability or stability, confidentiality of designs, or specific delivery times.
Food is not permitted. However, covered drinks are allowed. Programs and services may be prioritized for Ela Area Public Library District cardholders and District 95 students.
Ela Area Public Library District’s Behavior Policy and other technology policies apply to Forge.
When is Forge open?
Forge is available for use any time the library is open, unless there is a program.
How do I use the equipment?
Most of the equipment in Forge is available by request on a first come, first served basis. Certain equipment has profiency requirements or can only be used by staff members or during a library program. Please visit the equipment page for more details here.
Do you charge for anything in Forge?
- 3D printing costs $.10 per gram.
You can purchase vinyl or cardstock for the Silhouette VInyl Cutter.
- Adhesive vinyl (sticker paper) - $1.50
- Cardstock - $.20
You can pay for these materials with a print card or cash.
Can I bring in my own matterials to use with the equipment?
Yes but all materials not provided by the library must be approved by a librarian or Forge Assistant.
Is there anyone available who can show me how to use the sewing machines?
If you are not already comfortable with a sewing machine, please attend one of the library's programs on sewing. If you are comfortable with a machine, you can set up an appointment for certification on the machines here.
Can I reserve the space?
Unless there is a library program, Forge is an open space for everyone and cannot be reserved. If you would like to use the space with a group of more than five people, please contact us.
Does Forge have safety regulations?
In order to use the sewing machine or Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Cutter, you must be certified by a librarian or Forge Assistant. To set up an appointment for certification, please click here. If you are unsure about whether the equipment you want to use has certification requirements, please contact us.