The Labs at DC Public Library
The Labs at DC Public Library are the Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa, the Memory Lab at the Northeast Neighborhood Library, and the Studio Lab Express at the Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library. The Fab Test Lab will open in Spring 2019 at the Franklin D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U St. NW, check back for more information.
The Labs at DC Public Library were originally located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. To learn about interim services during the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, click here.
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The Labs at DC Public Library have the following policies:
- DC Public Library Rules of Behavior must be observed at all times while
- Age Restrictions: All of the Labs spaces are designated for use by persons aged 13 and older. Children between 6-12 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Children under 6 are prohibited from the Labs.
- Food & Beverages: Food is strictly prohibited in all the Labs spaces. Non-alcoholic beverages must be in covered containers at all times.
- Storage at Labs: You may not store any personal belongings or ongoing projects at any of the Labs spaces.
- Storage of Content: You may not store any content or project on any of the Labs spaces, computer or equipment. You must provide your own storage environment with sufficient available capacity to save all your work. Content stored in Labs' computers and equipment will be deleted to protect library patrons' anonymity, privacy, and work.
The technology in the Fab Lab and Studio Lab are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Memory Lab at the Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th St. NE, is a personal DIY digitizing lab where you can digitize your home movies, personal photographs, and slides. The Memory Lab offers classes and other resources for your personal archiving needs.Orientations to the Memory Lab are no longer required, but drop-ins are encouraged.
When digitizing your home movies, photographs or slides, you will need to provide your own storage environment to save your content.
Find out more at dclibrary.org/labs/memorylab.
Studio Lab Express at the Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW, is a studio to learn and create multimedia (photography, videography, music and sound production) -- from pre to post-production.
When creating content, you will need to provide your own storage environment to save your content. Examples of a storage environment are an external flash or hard drive or cloud storage (Dropbox, Google, iCloud).
Find out more at at dclibrary.org/labs/studio.
Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa, 1150 First St. NE, is a makerspace built in a repurposed shipping container. The Pop-Up at NoMa offers 3-D printing and laser cutter demos along with different classes, events, and workshops.
The Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa opened on June 26, 2018, thanks to the generous support of the NoMa BID, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Uber, and the DC Public Library Foundation. Space for the Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa was provided by Tishman Speyer. The Fab Lab Pop-Up closed to the public on March 5, 2019 in preparation for the opening of the Fab Test Lab in Spring 2019.
Fab Test Lab, 2000 14th St. NW, First Floor (Opens Spring 2019)
Fab Test Lab at Reeves Center will be a DIY fabrication space, makerspace and multimedia studio. Equipment will include 3-D Printers, 3-D Scanner, CNC Machine, Hand Tools, Laser Cutters, Sewing Machines, Power Tools and more.