ideaSPACE Tool Catalog

The Library is not able to offer access to ideaSPACE tools at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. Check out our Public Library of Brookline To-Go program for information about our take-home Craft-Along kits!

Have a question about one of our tools? Ask our ideaSPACE team!

What is it?

A 3D Printer is a tool that turns 3D models into real objects! All of our printers use PLA, a biodegradable plastic. Read our 3D Printing Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Public 3D printing is now available at the Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner Library locations. To cover material costs, the Library charges 25¢/gram for all public jobs. Interested in learning more or trying it out? Start by reading the Ideaspace Guide to 3D Printing and our 3d Printing Services Policy!

When you’re finished reading, you can Request a 3D Print!

Still need some guidance? You can also check our calendar for upcoming Ideaspace 3D Printing events or email us at brkanswers@brooklinelibrary.libanswers.com to discuss your design or schedule a one-on-one appointment.

What is it?

3D Scanners use depth measurements to generate a 3D model of physical objects!

How Do I use it?

Qlone 3D scanning software is installed on all Library iPads! You’ll also need to print your own measurement mat, available for free at the Qlone website.

What is it?

Our Button Makers are tools for creating pin-back buttons out of anything you can print or draw on paper! Read our Button Maker Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

You can become certified to use our Button Makers by making an appointment with one of our ideaSPACE Team members! Once you’re certified, we just charge 25¢ per button to cover the cost of materials.

What is it?

Cricuts are computerized die cutters that integrate with your computer or smartphone to cut custom designs out of paper, fabric, and more!

How Do I use it?

The Library offers three types of Cricut machines: our smaller Cricut Joy machines can be borrowed for up to two weeks, while Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker machines can be borrowed for up to 3 hours of in-Library use.

What is it?

Our Die Cutter is a tool for cutting and embossing paper using thin metal blades called dies. Read our Die Cutter Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Our Die Cutter is coming soon; stay tuned for updates!

What is it?

Our Graphics Tablets are tools that let you use a physical pen to make digital drawings. Read our Graphics Tablet Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

You can borrow an ideaSPACE Graphics Tablet for up to 3 hours of in-Library use at any Brookline Library location – just ask a staff member!

What is it?

Our ideaSPACE Laptops are loaded with high-end hardware and software so you can tackle all of your biggest ideas! They’re equipped to take on audio, video, and graphics editing, professional development projects, and our other ideaSPACE technology. Read our ideaSPACE Laptop Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

You can borrow an ideaSPACE Laptop for up to 3 hours of in-Library use at any Brookline Library location – just ask a staff member!

What is it?

Our Laser Cutter is a tool that cuts computer-designed shapes almost any material up to 1/4″ thick! Read our Laser Cutter Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Due to its ventilation needs, our laser cutter is currently only available for use at special events. You can find a listing of all Ideaspace programming on our calendar.

What is it?

Our Memory Lab is a collection of equipment for converting your home audio and video into new formats! Read our Memory Lab Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

You can reserve up to 3 hours at the Memory Lab per day by visiting or calling the Brookline Village Reference Desk!

What is it?

Our Sewing Machines will be available for in-library use soon. Read our Sewing Machine Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Our Sewing Machines are coming soon; stay tuned for updates!

What is it?

Our Vacuum Former is a machine that heats plastic and uses an ultra-powerful vacuum to form molds out of 3D objects. Read our Vacuum Former Quick Guide!

How Do I use it?

Our Vacuum Former is coming soon; stay tuned for updates!