Fab Lab

Fab Lab

The Fabrication Lab at DC Public Library

Fab Lab

The Fabrication Lab -- or "Fab Lab" -- opened May 29, 2015 with Mayor Muriel Bowser. You can sign up for classes and orientations for the Fab Lab by clicking the link or filling out the form below.

The Fab Lab is a Do-It-Yourself space allowing customers to learn, make and collaborate. Equipment includes:
  • laser cutters
  • soldering equipment
  • Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines (the ability to control machine tools via computer)
Hours for the space are:
Monday-Thursday: 12-8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday and Sunday: Closed

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial library
901 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

There will be programs offered for all ages.

Institute of Museum and Library ServicesThe technology in the Digital Commons, Fab Lab and Studio Lab are made possible in part by the Institute or Museum and Library Services. 

Membership Process

  1. Sign Release Form. If under 18, parental consent is required.
  2. Attend 10-minute orientation by staff. The orientation gives an overview of the spaces, equipment and safety guidelines. Upcoming orientations can be found in the Library's online calendar. To use specific equipment without supervision, you must take an individual equipment orientation. Equipment includes:
    • Universal Laser Cutter
    • Roland MDX-40
    • Shopbot
    • Shapeoko CNC (coming soon!)
    • DiWire Bender
    • 3-D Printers
  3. Make things! Staff-instructed classes or demos may or may not require a Release Form or any orientations, depending on what tools and equipment are being used.

Age Policy

The Fab Lab is designated for use by people ages 13 and older.

Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Children under the age of 6 are prohibited from entering the space.

Parental consent is required for ages 17 and under.

Release Form

You can download and sign your Release Form before coming to orientation. 
Download as Word document | PDF

Safety Guidelines

  1. Do not use any machine until you have signed the Release Form and/or have taken the orientation class.
  2. You must abide by the DC Public Library’s Rules of Behavior.
  3. Never work while while you are impaired, stressed, tired or otherwise unable to work carefully.
  4. Always wear safety glasses around equipment, even if you are not using the equipment.
  5. Always wear close­-toed shoes. Sandals, clogs, and high­ heels should not be worn.
  6. Always tie back long hair, including long beards, such that it is not able to hang in front of neck/face.
  7. Always dress appropriately. Never wear loose­-fitting clothing, headphones, jewelry, or anything else that could get caught in machinery.
  8. Portable music players with headphones are prohibited in the lab.  
  9. Never place hands in the area of any cutting tool or machine.
  10. Never leave machine while it is running, unless allowed by staff.
  11. Ensure all guards and shields are in place prior to operating machines.
  12. Never interrupt or distract an individual using machinery.  
  13. Always check material for metal, such as screws or nails, before using on machinery.
  14. Alert staff to malfunctioning machinery.  
  15. Always keep work area clean.
  16. Report all injuries to staff immediately.

Sign up for classes and orientations

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