Makerspace

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The future library makerspace is located at 112 N. Belmont Ave., near Recreation Park at the corner of Belmont and Miner. The makerspace will offer opportunities for hands-on experiential learning, with technology and creative equipment and supplies for use. Planned equipment includes laser cutters, 3D printers, embroidery, quilting and sewing machines, and computers for coding and programming small robots. A professional-grade commercial kitchen will also be included in the makerspace. The makerspace will allow entrepreneurs, small businesses, hobbyists and students to use equipment they may not have the resources or space to own.

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Williams Architects of Itasca is the architect for the library makerspace. The design phase is underway, with plans to finalize floor plans in September followed by renovations beginning in late fall. The makerspace is expected to open in the first quarter of 2021. To learn how the makerspace aligns with our mission and values, review our Strategic Plan.

Funding

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.

Proposed Hours

The makerspace is planned to be open five days a week for a total of 40 hours per week.

Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.
Monday, Closed
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday, Closed
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.

Makerspace Concept

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.

The building will house programs, equipment and services for many different age groups, from students, business owners and entrepreneurs to hobbyists.

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.

Location and Parking

112 N. Belmont 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 St., Pine St., Wing St. and Belmont Ave. 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.

About the Building

The 112 N. Belmont Ave. 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.