Welcome to our Makerspace
What is the Makerspace?
For people interested in DIY, crafting, and making, the Finkelstein Memorial
Library (FML) Makerspace is a place where you can gather to work on projects
while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge. We’ve designed a space
suitable for learning, crafting, and collaborating.
What are the Makerspace policies?
See our Makerspace Policies page for a full list of rules and policies.
Where is the Makerspace located?
The Makerspace is on the 3rd floor near the music collection shelving.
What are the Makerspace hours? When is the
Open Use Time
• Thursday – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
On holidays when the library is closed, the Makerspace is also closed. During
the following annual events, the Makerspace will be closed:
• Limited Hours in December
Who can use the Makerspace? Are there age limits? Is
a waiver required?
Finkelstein (FML) cardholders (ages 12-adult) are welcome to use the
Makerspace (Children ages 12-15 years and younger are allowed to use the
Makerspace when supervised at all times by a parent or legal guardian who is
an FML cardholder). If you’re an East Ramapo School District resident who
would like to use the Makerspace, you can apply for a library card at the
Circulation Desk or on our website. Minors 17 years and younger need a
parent/guardian present to apply.
Waiver Requirement: FML cardholders and guests must fill out a waiver before
using the Makerspace. For minors 17 years and younger, a parent or legal
guardian must complete and sign the waiver. Waivers will be kept on file.
– Adult Waiver
– Minor Waiver
Age Limits: The Makerspace is open to Finkelstein Memorial Library
cardholders ages 12-adult. Children ages 12-15 years and younger are allowed
to use the Makerspace when supervised at all times by a parent or legal
guardian who is an FML cardholder.
Availability: The Makerspace is available to Finkelstein Memorial Library
cardholders during Open Use Time hours. Hours are subject to change.
The Makerspace is not available for group reservations, group projects, or
meeting room bookings.
Room Capacity: During Open Use Time, 8 patrons max are allowed in the room
at a time.
Due to limited room capacity, patrons may be asked to leave the Makerspace if
they are not using equipment or working on a project.
What equipment is available in the Makerspace?
See our Makerspace Equipment page for a full list of available equipment and
Can I reserve equipment in the Makerspace?
Equipment reservations are recommended. The Makerspace is not available for
group reservations or group projects. Walk-ins during Open Use Time are
welcome, but equipment availability is not guaranteed.
• Reservation limit of 1 hour per day max.
• Limit one reservation allowed per day.
• Reservation requests can be made up to 7 days in advance.
• All reservation requests are on a first-come, first-served basis.
To make a reservation, first check our Makerspace Equipment Calendar for
equipment availability. If the equipment is not reserved, please visit the library
website to make a reservation. Please have the following ready:
• Your full name
• Your Finkelstein Memorial Library card number
• Equipment you want to reserve
• Preferred date(s)/time(s) (within the Makerspace open use time)
Can I get help with my project? What if I don’t know
how to use the equipment?
Patrons are responsible for preparing their designs/projects and using the
During Open Use Time, library staff will have varying levels of expertise with the
Makerspace equipment and software. Please note that help may be limited, and
some staff members are unable to assist with specific Makerspace equipment or
If you’d like to learn how to use a specific piece of equipment, please set up a
Book-A-Maker appointment through our online form or come into the library to
fill out an appointment request form. SAME DAY OR NEXT DAY
APPOINTMENTS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE. Please allow at least 2 business
days for a reply.
The 3D printers and laser cutters are staff operated only. Patrons are restricted
from using the 3D printers and laser cutters directly, but you can submit a
request for a 3D print or something to be laser cut.
How can I learn to use the Makerspace equipment?
• Check out our Equipment User Guides.
• CreativeBug – Thousands of award-winning arts and crafts video classes
taught by recognized design experts and artists. Recommended for
DIYers, crafters, and makers. Finkelstein Memorial Library card
required. For use in the Makerspace only.
• Book-A-Maker appointment – If you’d like to learn how to use a specific
piece of equipment, please set up a Book-A-Maker appointment through
our online form. SAME DAY OR NEXT DAY APPOINTMENTS MAY NOT
BE AVAILABLE. Please allow at least 2 business days for a reply.
What does the Makerspace cost? What materials do I
need to bring? Do you sell materials?
The FML Makerspace is free to use for FML cardholders. Some equipment
requires a cost for materials. We encourage you to bring in your own materials
to create your projects.
The library sells a limited supply of materials. Only cash is accepted. Material
availability is not guaranteed; prices are subject to change. The Library does not
offer refunds for materials used or for any remnants.
• 3D printer filament: 10¢/gram
• Book binding combs: 3/8″ size (max 55 sheets of paper) – 50¢/comb;
3/4″ size (max 150 sheets of paper) – $1/comb
• Button maker – 1.5″ or 2.25″ button sets: $1/set
• Cardstock paper: 50¢/sheet
• Printer Paper: 5¢/sheet
• Sewing machine thread: 25¢/session (black and white colors only)
• Transfer tape (if purchased separately from vinyl): 10¢/inch (max cut
length of 5 feet/60 inches)
• Vinyl (iron-on/heat transfer vinyl/HTV – black and white colors only): $2/
sheet (12″ x 12″ sheet)
• Vinyl (indoor/removable): 25¢/inch (transfer tape included, max cut
length of 5 feet/60 inches)
• Sublimation prints: $5 per sheet (8.5” x 11” sheet)