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MAKERSPACE POLICY

The Makerspace at Thibodaux Branch Library provides a hands-on creative space for patrons to invent, collaborate, and design as they transform their ideas into reality. The Makerspace is reserved specifically for the use of creating. Patrons may use other areas in the library to read, relax, or do other work not related to DIY projects.

ELIGIBILITY

The Makerspace is open to Lafourche Public Library patrons who hold a valid Lafourche Public Library card.

Adult supervision is required for anyone below the age of 15 years. 

USE OF MACHINERY/EQUIPMENT

Patrons may check out machines and equipment for use in the Makerspace with a valid Lafourche Public Library card. Patrons are required to bring their own materials to use in the Makerspace. Some materials will be available for purchase to use with specific equipment in order to maintain the integrity of the machinery. Materials used with the laser cutter are subject to library approval.  Unapproved materials cannot be used for laser cutting.

Some of the Makerspace equipment may contain aspects, parts, or components which may cause injury to the user if all rules, policies, procedures, and restrictions are not followed. Users agree to release and hold the Library harmless from any claims for personal injury, property damage, or any other loss in connection with the use of the Makerspace, including the equipment, tools, and materials therein.

Computers located in the Makerspace are intended for patrons utilizing the specialized software programs or equipment located in the Makerspace. The Library reserves the right to reassign patrons to other public computers in the Library if they are not utilizing the Makerspace computers for their intended purpose.

Only library staff members and authorized users may operate the 3D printers, laser cutters, and other specialized equipment. Patrons may operate the sewing machines, serger, or other equipment located in the Makerspace provided they have prior experience or training with this equipment.

Tools and equipment are available to makers on a first come, first served basis and must remain in the Makerspace. Library staff will assist patrons using the Makerspace equipment to the extent that time, other duties, and patron needs allow. Makers should return tools used in the space to their original locations in a clean state. The workspace should also be cleaned before the maker leaves.

Makerspace equipment may not be used to create materials that are:

  • prohibited by local, state or federal law

  • used as weapons

  • unsafe, harmful, dangerous or pose a threat to the well-being of others

  • obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment

  • in violation of another’s intellectual property rights

  • for sale, profit, or for personal economic gain

There is no charge for the use of the Makerspace and its accompanying technology and equipment. Library supplies and services are for personal use. Large production jobs or the production of duplicate items used to sell or promote services for economic gain is not allowed.

PROJECTS

The Library is not responsible for failed projects. We reserve the right to halt, delete, or disallow the creation of items that violate Lafourche Public Library policies. 

Use of any LPPL Makerspace or Makerspace equipment is subject to the rules in this Makerspace Policy, the LPPL Patron Code of Conduct Policy, and the LPPL Computer Use Policy, as well as any other applicable Library policies and procedures. Failure to abide by all applicable policies and procedures may result in suspension or loss of Makerspace use privileges.

See all Library policies here.