What's This?

The Creativity Lab is a community makerspace located in the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, Massachusetts. Our mission is to provide all visitors with the space, tools, and learning opportunities they need to become inspired creators and explorers of art, technology, science, and fabrication.

We provide free public access to tools for 3D printing, sewing, sound recording, laser cutting, woodworking, computer programming, vinyl cutting, jewelry making, graphic design, electronics, and more. We are open several times per week for general public use, and we continually offer classes in individual tools and disciplines. Please see our Calendar for information on future classes.

Location

The Creativity Lab is located in the Main Library at 82 Main Street in Peabody, Massachusetts. When the Lab is open for a program, you can take the elevator down to "LL" (Lower Level), or take the back stairwell (located in the rear of the Children's Room and Teen Room) down to the bottom floor.

Hours

We are open the general public several times per week for all creative purposes. Staff will be on hand to assist you in the use of our equipment. We have different hours for different age groups:

Open Lab

Open to ages 13-adult. Ages 9-12 are allowed if accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other adult over 18.

Teen Makers

Open to ages 11-18.

Tools

The following is a selection of tools that are available for use in the Creativity Lab. An asterisk (*) next to an item means that you must be trained by Creativity Lab staff or demonstrate prior experience in order to use that equimpent during Open Lab. Some tools are restricted to patrons of certain ages; these ages are listed next to the tools.

Computer Hardware

Crafts

Electronics

Fabrication/Prototyping

Programming

Sound Recording

Textiles

Visual arts

Pricing

The Creativity Lab and all its tools are available to use for free. However, we also stock consumable materials for use with our tools, such as plywood, vinyl, and plastic filament. We charge for projects that use a significant amount of our consumable materials, to cover the cost of repurchasing those materials. These charges can be paid by cash or check; we cannot accept credit cards. You can avoid most of these charges by bringing your own materials to use with our tools (for more information, see the "Bring your own" section for the relevant material).

3D Printing

Charges are based on the amount of filament that the 3D printing software estimates your job will use, and on the type of filament used.

PLA (standard hard plastic)

Filament usedPrice
0 g – 49 gfree
50 g – 99 g$1.50
100 g – 149 g$3.00
150 g – 199 g$4.50
200 g – 249 g$6.00
250 g – 299 g$7.50
300 g – 349 g$9.00
350 g – 399 g$10.50
400 g – 449 g$12.00
450 g – 499 g$13.50
500 g or moreSee staff

All other filaments (e.g. flexible filament/TPU, wood filament)

Filament usedPrice
0 g – 19 gfree
20 g – 39 g$1.50
40 g – 59 g$3.00
60 g – 79 g$4.50
80 g – 99 g$6.00
100 g – 119 g$7.50
120 g – 139 g$9.00
140 g – 159 g$10.50
160 g – 179 g$12.00
180 g – 199 g$13.50
200 g or moreSee staff

Bring your own

We primarily use 1.75mm PLA filament. Our printers do not support 3mm filament. Also, none of our printers currently have a heated bed, so they do not support filament types that require a heated bed, such as ABS, nylon, or PETG. However, our printers do support other types of filament that do not require a heated bed, such as TPU (flexible filament) and PLA composites (such as wood filament).

Laser Cutting

Charges are based on the number of square inches taken up by your design, as determined by the bounding box of your design in the laser cutting software. If your combined laser cutting charges over the course of a single library program add up to less than $1.00, you do not have to pay those charges.

Baltic birch plywood (1/8" thick)

$0.05 per square inch

Bamboo plywood (1/16" thick)

$0.10 per square inch

Clear acrylic (1/8" thick)

$0.05 per square inch

Bring your own

Any material you use in the laser cutter should have a flat surface at most 20 x 12 inches in size. If you plan to cut all the way through the material (as opposed to just engraving its surface), then your material should be no more than 1/4 inch thick (though 1/8 inch or less is ideal). If you are just engraving the surface of the material, then your material should still be less than 2 inches thick.

The laser cutter can cut a wide variety of materials, including wood, acrylic (also known as Plexiglas), paper, cardboard, and (genuine) leather. However, there are some materials it cannot cut. Anything that has a mirrored surface or that contains chlorine (such as vinyl/PVC or artificial leather) is unsafe to cut. The machine is incapable of cutting through metal or glass (though it can engrave designs into anodized aluminum). If you plan to bring a material that we do not stock ourselves, always check with staff first to make sure the laser cutter can cut it safely.

Paper printing

Charges are based on the size and type of paper you are printing on. We have a large-format printer that can print on rolls of paper up to 24 inches wide and cut them to a custom length. If you print at a size not listed here, see staff for pricing.

Plain paper

Photo paper

Sticker paper, business card paper, and other specialty paper

Bring your own

Charges still apply if you bring your own paper, as the majority of the cost incurred is from the ink. If you wish to donate ink, our printer accepts HP 711 cartridges. Our printer is a large-format printer that can print onto any sheet or roll of paper up to 24 inches wide. It is an inkjet printer (like a typical home printer), so make sure the paper you use is inkjet-compatible. Keep in mind that prints from any inkjet printer, including ours, are not waterproof- if you wish to waterproof something printed on an inkjet printer, you must laminate it (we do not currently have the ability to laminate).

Vinyl cutting

Charges are based on the number of square feet taken up by your design (including fractions of a square foot), as determined by the bounding box of your design in the vinyl cutting software. If your combined vinyl cutting charges over the course of a single library program add up to less than $0.50, you do not have to pay those charges.

Adhesive vinyl

$0.75 per square foot

Heat transfer vinyl

$2.00 per square foot

Bring your own

Our vinyl cutter supports standard sheets or rolls of vinyl up to 48 inches wide.

FAQ

What do I need to do in order to use the Creativity Lab?

Anybody who is using the Lab's equipment for the first time must register with us as a maker. To register, you must fill out our registration form, sign our liability waiver (copies available at the Lab and can be signed on the day of your visit), and show a valid photo ID. While walk-ins are welcome during Open Lab and Teen Makers, most of our tool-specific classes and other programs require you to sign up in advance on the library Calendar.

Do I have to make an appointment to use the Creativity Lab?

No. Any registered maker (see previous question) can use the Lab during our public hours, subject to age restrictions.

May I still make an appointment if I wish?

We currently do not accept appointments with individual patrons. If you represent a school or other organization interested in making a private group visit to the Creativity Lab, please contact us by email or phone.

Do I have to be a Peabody resident to use the Creativity Lab?

No; there are no residence restrictions for use of the Lab.

Do I have to pay to use the Creativity Lab?

No, but we charge for some consumable materials (see the Pricing section above). For most materials (such as 3D printer filament or wood for the laser cutter), we do not charge for smaller projects. We also accept donations.

How do I donate to the Creativity Lab?

We accept cash, checks, and materials (e.g. fabric, electronics components, woodworking tools, and so on). Please make checks out to the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries. If donating materials, please call us first to make sure we can accept them.

I want to make something in the Creativity Lab, but I don't know how to make it. Can you help with that?

Yes. During Open Lab and Teen Makers, trained staff will be on hand to assist you with unfamiliar tools and projects.

I'm interested in using a tool during Open Lab, but the Tools section says I need to be trained before I can use it. How do I get trained in the use of a tool?

You have two options. If you attend a class in that tool (see our Calendar for upcoming classes), you will be authorized to use that tool in Open Lab after you have completed the class. If you come to Open Lab and ask for help with that tool, staff may be available to assist you. If so, you will be authorized to use the tool on your own after staff has walked you through your first use of that tool.

Thanks

The Creativity Lab depends on the support of many funders and community partners. The following organizations have been instrumental in making this project a reality.

Funders

Community Partners

Contact

Email: creativitylab@noblenet.org

Phone: 978-531-0100 ext. 22

Staff are available to answer calls: