The Arlington Heights Memorial Library makerspace, currently under construction, is located at 112 N. Belmont Avenue, near Recreation Park at the corner of Belmont and Miner. Equipment available will include laser cutters, 3D printers, embroidery, quilting and sewing machines and computers for coding and programming small robots. The makerspace includes a professional-grade commercial kitchen. The makerspace will allow entrepreneurs, small businesses, hobbyists and students to use equipment they may not have the resources or space to own. Bring your own projects and work on them at the makerspace or use our equipment to try something new. It's the place where you can be a maker.
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library makerspace building is in the final stages of interior demolition, and construction is underway. The makerspace is expected to open summer 2021. The building will house classes, equipment and services for students, business owners, entrepreneurs and hobbyists ages 13 and up.
Location and Parking
The library's future makerspace, located at 112 N. Belmont Avenue, is approximately .5 miles (a 10-minute walk) from the library. Limited parking is available in a lot behind the building, and street parking is available on Miner Street, Pine Street, Wing Street and Belmont Avenue. Free garage parking is available .2 miles away in the Village of Arlington Heights North Garage.
The Park District has provided access to the parking lots surrounding Recreation Park for staff and special event parking.
The 112 N. Belmont Avenue building housed the first standalone library in Arlington Heights; the Memorial Library engraving remains on the building entrance.
The Village of Arlington Heights transferred the property to the library on June 27, 2019. The building is 8,000-square feet over two levels, with an elevator.
A makerspace, one of the planned elements in the library’s strategic plan, typically offer tools such as laser cutters, 3D printers, embroidery, quilting and sewing machines, and computers for coding and programming small robots. A commercial kitchen is also part of our plan for the space.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) learning, and DIY creativity are typically the focus of a makerspace.
Wheeling, Elk Grove, Northbrook, Barrington, Elmhurst, Naperville, Winnetka, Lake Zurich, Aurora, Algonquin and Grayslake libraries all have successful makerspaces.
Planned Hours of Operation
The makerspace is planned to be open five days a week for a total of 40 hours per week.
Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The makerspace will initially operate with the hours listed above. The library expects to modify the actual days and hours of operation based on usage patterns. The makerspace will not be open during the Frontier Days festival.
The library is allocating resources in the capital projects fund for the makerspace, supplemented by generous commitments from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library. A $100,000 State of Illinois capital infrastructure improvement plan grant was received for the project, along with a $50,000 Live and Learn Construction Grant funded by an annual state legislative appropriation to assist public libraries in remodeling for compliance with the Illinois Accessibility Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The library is seeking partnerships to provide additional revenue sources to support operations and capital initiatives. Named recognition opportunities are available for rooms and equipment. Donations and proposals may be submitted through the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Foundation or Friends of the Library, or directly from a potential donor to the library’s executive director for consideration by the Board of Library Trustees.