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A Maker Space for all ages to learn, explore, and create!

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Please review all of our policies and procedures regarding the use of The Tank

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All patrons wishing to utilize the technology and services within The Tank are required to sign a liability wavier. Please download the appropriate form below and return it to the Reference Desk, or request a form at the Library.


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Policies

HOW TO USE THE TANK

  1. Check in at the Reference Desk if you would like to use The Tank.  Staff have the right to limit or refuse access to the space for any patron due to consistent breaking of library policies or procedures.
  2. Submit a completed liability waiver. For Children under 18 a parent or legal guardian must complete the liability waiver. (see attached)
  3. Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  4. When the space is open, reservations are required for the desired equipment.  See either the Reference Staff or use our online reservation service for an appointment.  Please be courteous and share the space with others when using any equipment during “open swim.”
  5. When creating digital content with the library’s equipment, please remember to bring your own storage devices (flash drive), purchase one at the Reference Desk, or store your work via an online cloud service. The library’s computers do not store individual work or projects, and any projects left on the computer after close will be deleted.
  6. Library equipment cannot be removed from the Makerspace room.  Access to some equipment may be limited during “open swim” hours due to safety concerns.  Please check with a staff member.
  7. Library equipment should be used in a manner consistent with the proper use of each device. Equipment should not be mishandled or used in a way that can cause damage. Staff have the right to end the use of equipment if deemed necessary.
  8. Food and drinks are prohibited in The Tank.
  9. Have fun creating!

3-D PRINTING, MODELING, and LASER CUTTING POLICIES

  1. The library’s equipment may be used only for lawful purposes. The public will not be permitted to use the Library property to create material that is prohibited by local, state or federal law, is unsafe, harmful, and dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others, is obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment, including weapons, is in violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the equipment may not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
  2. The Library reserves the right to refuse any request to use its equipment.
  3. The Library seeks to recoup materials costs. Please see the Creators Costs pricing guide for further breakdowns. Cost are subject to change at any time. Any changes will be posted to the library website and social media accounts.
  4. Patrons will not be charged for projects that are defective due to mechanical issues or problems.
  5. Only the Library’s filament is allowed to be used in the 3D printer.
  6. Projects that are not picked up within 7 days will become property of the Library. Items must be picked up by the individual who created them.
  7. A staff member or trained volunteer must be present to supervise the use of our equipment and to manage the creation queue. Staff will have final say when determining the order of projects when there is a queue. Library program projects will always take priority.
  8. Finished projects, with the creator’s permission, may be photographed and displayed on the library’s website. Special consideration for patent or copyright reasons will be considered by the Library Director.

CREATOR COSTS POLICY

Unless part of a library-sponsored program, patrons using The Tank will be responsible for any and all costs associated with their creations.  If supplies are needed, they can be purchased from the Reference Desk.  See below for a detailed breakdown of costs.

Patrons are allowed to bring in their own supplies with the approval of library staff.

Creator Costs

All fees collected are put towards the purchase of additional supplies and materials.  They are also applied towards the maintenance of the various equipment and software.  Fees WILL NOT be assessed for participation in a Library-sponsored program.

TechnologyCosts
3D Printing Cost$.10/gram – assessed after print is completed
Flashdrive$5.00
Printing (Normal Printer)$.50/per page color; $.25/per page b&w
Printing (Poster)Based on size, ask staff for assistance
Vacuum Form Plastic Sheet$2.00/sheet
Laser Cutting MaterialsBased on material, ask staff for assistance
Yarn$5.00/skein