What is ideaSPACE?


The Library is excited to announce that we’re welcoming a series of new ideaSPACE tools to our collection beginning Monday, October 25! Check out all our items below!

ideaSPACE is a new project by the Public Library of Brookline, generously sponsored by the Brookline Library Foundation, that’s designed to make Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) accessible and engaging to everyone in our community through classes, clubs, technology, and tools.

What do you have?

Check out our ideaSPACE Catalog below to see what you can borrow today, our upcoming events on our calendar, or send a question to an ideaSPACE staff member to get advice on a project you’re working on!


ideaSPACE Catalog


3D Printers

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Perfect for beginners, our 3D Printers can print projects up to 4.6″ x 4.3″ x 4.5″ and come with 21′ of free PLA filament with each borrow. Watch a step-by-step 3D Printing walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Button Makers

IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Got something to say? Say it with a button! Our Button Makers can create 1.5″ buttons out of any printer weight paper. We just charge 25¢ per button to cover the cost of supplies, which must be paid in cash.


Cricut Explores – Coming October 25!

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | COOLIDGE CORNER & PUTTERHAM

If you gave a robot an Xacto knife, you’d have a Cricut! Our Cricut Explore Machines connect to your smartphone or computer in minutes and can cut paper, vinyl, iron-on, and more into any design you can dream up. Watch a step-by-step Cricut Explore walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Cricut Joys

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our Cricut Joys have all the paper, vinyl, and iron-on cutting power as our full-sized Cricuts jam-packed into a tiny 8″ x 4″ x 4″ tote bag, perfect for paper crafting on-the-go! Watch a step-by-step Cricut Joy walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Cricut Maker – Coming October 25!

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

The same machine as the Cricut Explore, but super-charged! Our Cricut Makers can cut not only paper and vinyl, but also fabric, leather, and wood, plus use a variety of extra tools available to borrow as part of our Cricut Specialty Kit. Watch a step-by-step Cricut Maker walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Crochet Hooks

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our Crochet Hook sets come in a pouch of 14 stainless steel hooks so you can experiment with the perfect size for your project – just add your own yarn!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Engravers

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our Engravers are super-simple machines that can etch anything from wood to metal! Just plug them into a standard wall outlet, then use them to label your bicycle or carve a design in a cutting board – the possibilities are endless.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Graphics Tablets – Coming October 25!

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our graphics tablets let you replace your mouse with a high-precision stylus and drawing pad to make digital illustration a breeze! Watch a step-by-step Graphics Tablet walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Knitting Needles

4-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Our aluminum Knitting Needle sets come in pouches of three pairs of common sizes – US 6, 7, & 8 or US 8, 9, & 10 – so you can experiment with the perfect size for your project!

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Memory Lab

IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY | BROOKLINE VILLAGE LIBRARY

Our Memory Lab is a dedicated computer at the Brookline Village Library equipped with the tools you need to convert your home audio and video into new formats, including cassette tapes, 8mm and Super 8 film, floppy disks, negatives, photos, slides, VHS tapes, and vinyl records. Just give us a call or chat with us to reserve the station for a three-hour time slot any time during our open hours.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Sewing Machines – Coming October 25!

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Whether you’re brand new to sewing or an expert quilter, our Sewing Machines have all the features you need for your next project, including 60 stitches, 3 needle sizes, and 9 presser feet. Watch a step-by-step Sewing Machine walkthrough with a member of our ideaSPACE Team.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.



Voice Recorders

2-WEEK LOAN, RENEWABLE | ALL LIBRARIES

Recording lectures or interviewing your relatives for a family history project, our voice recorders offer ultra-portable, all-in-one audio recording, playback, and USB connection for transferring your files.

Ready to borrow? Reserve this item by phone at 617-730-2370x3.