Idea Lab

The Idea Lab is an adult maker space that offers free access to equipment and classes. Our goal is to be an educational resource for the community to build creative skills, connect with other makers, and make cool stuff! Click here to register for an Idea Lab sticker so you can use the space when you visit.

We have a newsletter to keep you updated on everything happening in the lab. Sign up here.

Want to teach? Click here to read about teaching in the Idea Lab and apply.

The Idea Lab team accepts requests for private programs for your small group or organization. Learn how to request one here.
In addition, the Idea Lab team can visit your organization to teach a program at your location, learn more here.

The Idea Lab is supported by a number of donors, chiefly the Friends of the Erie County Library, The Erie Regional Library Foundation, Erie Insurance, and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.


Hours & Contact

The Idea Lab is open:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 2 – 8 pm
  • Thursday and Friday 9am – 1 pm
  • Saturday 12 – 4pm
  • Sunday – Closed

The Idea Lab is located at the Raymond M. Blasco, M.D. Memorial Library

To get in touch with Idea Lab staff, please email us at or call us at (814) 451-6939.


Click here for guides on how to use the equipment in the Idea Lab, learn new skills, checkout and use our Maker Kits, and view upcoming events.

Click here to take our learn to 3D print class online so you can print at the Idea Lab.

Click here to take our learn to laser cut and engrave class online so you can use the Glowforge in the Idea lab.

Click here to take our Cricut Crash Course class online. This class is not required to use the Cricut. However, we do recommend taking it if you have never used a Cricut product before.

Click here to take our Roland Print and Cut certification class. This must be completed to use the Roland sticker maker in the Idea Lab.


Click here for a guide on starting your own business and information about the Beehive network.

Click here for other Idea Lab business resources.

Equipment & Materials

Click here for a list of all the equipment and materials offered in the Idea Lab.

Click here to reserve equipment. Click here to check whether the equipment is working before you reserve it.

Click here to reserve the Media Lab.

Submit a Job

Click here to submit a 3D print. You must register for an Idea Lab sticker and take our Learn to 3D Print Class before submitting.

If you would like to print with our large format printer, please visit the Idea Lab during open hours. We are no longer accepting online submissions.