Crafts & Maker

Crafts & Maker

Life is a laboratory—come and experiment!

From learning how things work to inventing, designing, and creating, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is all about making by hand and learning by doing. Crafts & Maker programs are offered in the makerspace at Central and all neighbourhood branches except Kilbride.

Makerspace @Central

It's a community place where people create, invent, learn together, and build skills for life.

The space and equipment are used only during library programs at this time. As we learn more about how you’d like to use this space, we’ll offer more opportunities as we grow.

Through maker programming, people of all ages can develop proficiency in 21st century skills/literacies—such as team work, critical thinking, initiative, self-direction, adaptability, and math, technical and design skills, to name a few. And have lots of fun while learning!


Laser Cutter | Vinyl Cutter & Vinyl Printer | 3D Printer | Embroidery Machine | Book Arts | Coding | Fibre Arts | Virtual Reality

Laser Cutter

Our laser cutter is available for use during Maker Open Studio sessions at Central branch. Please note that customers must first attend one of our Laser Cutting 101 classes before using the laser. A list of dates and times for classes can be found here.

Outside materials must be approved by staff before use. For a list of all approved laserable materials, please ask our makerspace staff during an Open Studio.

The laser cutter has a cutting bed size of 12” x 24” and can cut many materials up to a maximum thickness of 1/4".

Hardware: Epilog Mini Helix 24 - 40w CO2 laser


  • Corel Draw (v17)
  • Inkscape

Cost: $5/every 30 minutes of laser cutting time


  • 1/8” Birch Plywood (1’ x 2’) = $3.50
  • 3mm Acrylic: White, Black, Clear (1’ x 1’) = $5
  • 3mm Acrylic: Yellow, Blue, Red, Green (1’ x 1’) = $6
  • 3mm Acrylic: White, Black, Clear (1’ x 2’) = $10
  • 3mm Acrylic: Yellow, Blue, Red, Green (1’ x 2’) = $12
  • Double Thickness Mylar (8.5” x 11”) = $2
  • Low Odour Laser Rubber (8.5” x 12”) = $18
  • Low Odour Laser Rubber (8.5” x 6”) = $9

Vinyl Cutter & Vinyl Printer

We have both a vinyl cutter and vinyl printer available for use during Maker Open Studio at Central branch. We have permanent, semi-permanent and heat-transfer vinyl available, along with the ability to print in full CMYK colour.

You do not need to attend a class to use the machines, but you are encouraged to bring your designs in to be prepared for either the vinyl cutter or printer.

A list of dates and times for the Maker Open Studio can be found here.


  • Roland BN-20 – Vinyl Printer
  • Roland GS-24 – Vinyl Cutter


  • Corel Draw (v17)
  • Inkscape
  • Roland Cut Studio
  • Roland VersaWorks Dual Print Management


  • To use of the vinyl cutter with vinyl not purchased through BPL: $2/job
  • To use of the vinyl printer: $1/cc of ink used + the vinyl required (see Materials below). Vinyl to be used in the vinyl printer must be purchased from BPL.


  • Coloured Vinyl for Cutting: White, Black, Blue, Copper (22” Wide) = $2/foot (length)
  • Transfer Paper for Cut or Printed Vinyl = $1/foot (length)
  • Glossy White Vinyl for Printing (18” Wide) = $2/foot (length)
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl for Printing – Includes Transfer Paper (18” Wide) = $6/foot (length)

3D Printer: Frequently Asked Questions

What is 3D printing?

  • 3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital file using layers of melted plastic.

What kind of 3D printer does Burlington Public Library have?

What kind of plastic does the MakerBot use?

  • PLA (polylactic acid) filament, a biodegradable corn-based plastic ideal for use with MakerBot printers.

What printing software does the MakerBot use?

  • We use MakerBot Print. Learn more about it here.

What file formats are compatible with the MakerBot?

  • The format must be either .stl, .obj, or .thing.

How can I use the library’s 3D printer?

  • To get started, you must:
    • Have a Burlington Public Library card
    • Be over age 14 or accompanied by parent/caregiver
    • Attend a FREE 3D Printer Certification class
    • Read and sign our terms of use and waiver form

What can I print?

  • The possibilities are endless! Check out the many pre-designed objects available for 3D printing on Thingiverse. Once you’re ready to create and print your own 3D designs, we recommend and offer free classes on Tinkercad.

When can I print?

  • The printer is available at Central and Alton branches on a first-come, first-served basis from the time the library opens. All print jobs must be completed 30 minutes before the library closes.

Is there a cost to using the 3D printer?

  • Yes, the cost of printing is $1 plus $1/every 20 minutes of use.

What colours can I print in?

  • The library has 10 different colours of plastic filament available for use with the 3D printer: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, grey, beige, white, black. We are unable to accommodate customer requests for specific colours. Please call the branch before your visit to find out the Colour of the Day.

What is the process for 3D printing an object at the library?

  • When you wish to use the 3D printer:
  1. Identify yourself to staff as someone who wants to use the printer. 
  2. Be informed by staff about printer basics, for example: cost and the colour of the day.
  3. Open file in MakerBot Print on the 3D printer PC and edit settings. 
  4. Check the Print Preview for time. Staff will calculate price and approve print time.
  5. Adjust file as needed to reach desired print time and cost. 
  6. Pay library staff.
  7. Press PRINT from MakerBot Desktop menu. 

Where can I learn more about 3D printing?

  • Lynda.com offers a variety of courses and video content on 3D printing and MakerBot 3D printers. Burlington Public Library provides members with access to Lynda.com.  

Embroidery Machine

Our embroidery machine is available for use during our Fibre Arts Open Studio sessions at Central branch. Please note that you must first take one of our Embroidery Machine 101 classes in order to use the machine. You can find the dates and times here.

The maximum embroidery size is 7.9” x 11”.

While customers are required to provide the fabric to be embroidered, only the threads and backings provided in the makerspace can be used with the embroidery machine.

Hardware: Janome Memory Craft 500E

Software: Janome Digitizer V5


  • For use of the Embroidery Machine, there is an initial job fee of $2.00 for the first 10,000 stitches as well as an additional $1.00 for every 5000 stitches (or part thereof).
  • For Backing material, there is a cost of $0.25 per pre-cut square or $0.50 per linear foot cut from the roll (width)

Book Arts

BookArts Open Studio is an informal meet-up to share bookbinding techniques and personal projects with a master bookbinder. Open Studios run every 2 weeks at Brant Hills branch. Drop in. Ages 18+. Please check the program calendar for BookArts Open Studio dates or find them here.


We offer coding instruction for tweens (ages 10-12) through our Coding Club at Central. Coding Club teaches the basics of coding using a web-based version of Scratch. Each 8-week session or 4-day camp focuses on a specific theme such as Sports, Art, Game Design Music & Sound, Animation and more.

Space is limited so we suggest signing up early to book a spot. You can find the dates & times here.

Fibre Arts

We have a number of sewing machines, sergers, and a cover stitcher available for use during our Fibre Arts Open Studio at Central branch. Bring your own projects and use the machines with support from staff. We also offer programs designed to help you learn how to use the machines. For all of our fibre arts programs, you can find a list here.


  • Janome Sewing Machine
  • Janome Serger
  • Janome Cover Stitcher
  • Cutting Mats
  • Cutting Wheels


  • There is no cost for using the sewing machines, though we recommend bringing in your own thread as the library’s colour selection is limited.
  • There is also no cost for using the serger, but you are limited to the colours of thread that the library has in stock.


  • Bobbins: $1/bobbin
  • Needle Replacement: $4

Virtual Reality

Come to a weekly drop-in Virtual Reality demo at Central branch. Powered by SteamVR, a selection of VR experiences are available. For customers 12 years old and younger, a parent will need to sign a waiver form before they can participate. Participants must be 48” tall to use the system. Dates and times can be found here.

Hardware: HTC Vive VR System

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DIY maker equipment and programs at Central include:

Electronics & Robotics

  • Equipment: Snap Circuits, Cubelets, Little Bits, Makey Makey, Finch Robots, Arduinos, Mac computers, conductive materials
  • Types of programs: building; science- and engineering-related; basic robotics; basic circuitry, design

21st century skills/literacies in action:

  • Design
  • Creativity & innovation
  • Coding
  • Technology literacy
  • Art & design
  • Imagination
  • Digital technology
  • Intuitive & creative thinking
  • Logic & problem solving
  • Dexterity & coordination
  • Spatial reasoning

Digital Media Arts

  • Equipment: Green screen, drawing tablets, Macs loaded with digital imaging software, 3D printer, iOgraphers, shotgun microphones, studio lighting, vinyl cutter, laser cutters, negative/photo scanner, VHS-to-DVD converter
  • Types of programs: vlogging; film making; drawing; design; card making; design

21st century skills/literacies in action:

  • Media literacy
  • Creativity & innovation
  • Imagination
  • Technology literacy
  • Digital electronics
  • 3D design
  • Science, basic engineering & math
  • Spatial & mechanical reasoning
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Productivity & accountability
  • Collaboration & communication

Practical Arts & Building

  • Equipment: Sewing machines, knitting machines, weaving loom, Makedo cardboard construction tools, Straws & Connectors building sets
  • Types of programs: sewing, fibre arts including knitting, crochet, and felting; paper crafts; jewellery making; design; fabrication

21st century skills/literacies in action:

  • Art & design
  • Creative thinking & expression
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Encoding & decoding
  • Manual dexterity & coordination
  • Initiative & self-direction
  • Productivity
  • Creativity & innovation
  • Collaboration & communication
  • Basic engineering & math
  • Spatial reasoning