SPL Makerspace: Located at 1 Bridge St., Lakefield.

You can book your visit by emailing the makerspace or calling at 705 651-8601

Our hours:

Tuesday | 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday | 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday | 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

What is a Makerspace?

The idea behind makerspaces is simple: they are places where people can come together to learn about technology, crafts and other kinds of making, to share knowledge and skills with others, and to apply this knowledge and skill by creating things. You can explore using high-tech to no-tech tools. 


  • The SPL Makerspace is available to all ages and all skill levels. All users must present a makerspace card in good standing.
  • Demonstration of competency will be required for use of some equipment.
  • Scheduled appointments are strongly suggested. This includes: tours of the space, open makerspace work time, and membership registration.
  • All classes, workshops, and programs are pre registration required. 
  • Tools used in the space must be returned by the maker to their original location in a clean state.
  • The workspace also needs to be cleaned before the maker leaves.
  • SPL Makerspace does not accept responsibility if a project is destroyed, does not print correctly, or does not work.
  • SPL Makerspace  reserves the right to halt, delete, or disallow the creation of items that violates library policy, including the creation of weapons, or illegal items.
  • Only library computers may be connected to library machines, like the 3D printers, vinyl cutter, Glowforge etc. 
  • Covered drinks are welcome in the makerspace. Food is not permitted.
  • SPL Makerspace is not responsible for equipment or files left behind.
  • Use of the makerspace is subject to the rules in the User Agreement, the Selwyn Public Library Customer Code of Conduct Policy 4.1.5, Acceptable Use of Equipment, Software, and Networks Policy 6.1.2, as well as any other applicable Library policies and procedures.


  • Users 17 years of age and under must have a parent or legal guardian sign the user agreement form and registration form on their behalf. 
  • Users 13 years of age and older can use the makerspace and work unsupervised. 
  • Users ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

    Exceptions may be made for some children’s programs at the discretion of the Children’s Programming Coordinator and the Technology and Training Coordinator. 



Selwyn Public Library Makerspace Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy

Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s website

Copyright Act


Commercial License 

*A growing collection of sites that offer files with different commercial licenses. 

*It’s the user’s obligation and responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions for each site.

Design Bundles

Class Visits

We would love to have your class visit our makerspace.

Visits can include a tour of the space and overview of equipment.

Please contact Heidi to discuss and book your class visit.

Volunteer and Crafting for a Cause 

SPL Makerspace is looking for volunteers who will assisit with many tasks, including the following: 

  • Create fun and useful products
  • Teach others how to use a particular machine
  • Assist with workshops 
  • General administrative duties

Makerspace Volunteer Application


Crafting for a Cause Volunteers

Love crafting and want to give back to the community/those in need?

Our team of "Crafting for a Cause" volunteers will work on quarterly projects coordinated by the SPL Makerspace and a local organization/group. 

At the end of each quarter products will be donated.

Interested? Email Heidi 

Current Projects:

NICU Octopus

NICU Hearts


SPL Makershop Volunteers

The SPL Makershop is the perfect volunteer opportunity for those who love crafting and supporting the library. 

With the SPL Makershop, volunteers will make items that will be sold in the makerspace to raise fundraising dollars for the library & makerspace. All materials and supplies provided.

Interested? Email Heidi

Workshops, Programs, Classes

March Programs

  • Laser Safety Class

A mandatory class for anyone who wishes to use the laser independently. Learn the risks of the laser cutter and how to use the machine safely. 

Free to attend, online registration required. 

Tuesday March 14th @ 2pm

Wednesday March 29th @ 10am


  • ‘Hello Spring’ Door Sign

Join us for a social evening as we walk you through the steps to make your own Hello Spring sign. All material provided. Lots of colour options will be available. $40 must be paid before Thursday March 23rd. Online registration required.

Tuesday, March 28th, 6:00pm

Register for Hello Spring Door Sign Workshop

April Programs 

  • Wedding DIY Inspiration Session

Join us for a fun afternoon as we highlight a number of wedding DIY projects you can complete in the Makerspace. 

Cake toppers, invitations, personalized shirts, tumblers, and more!

Free to attend. Registration required.

Saturday, April 1st, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Register for Wedding DIY Inspiration

  • Needlework Group Drop-in

The Needlework Group with the Makerspace is a place and time to gather, work on independent projects, socialize, and support each other.

Knitting, crochet, and cross-stich welcome.

Note: no formal teaching is being provided.

First Tuesday of the month 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (drop-in)

First Wednesday of the month 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (drop-in)

SPL Makerspace. 1 Bridge St., Lakefield

  • Cutting Text Designs with the Glowforge

In this class you will learn how to use Inkscape and design text. Great for cake toppers, floral arrangements, signs, and more. 

Please note this class is about learning the design software. No physical items will be made during class. 

Free to attend. Registration required.

Wednesday, April 5th, 1:00pm.

Register for cutting text designs class

  • Learn To Felt Course (4 weeks)

Learn to Felt is a 4 week course instructed by local artisan Christianna Ferguson at the SPL Makerspace.
  • Each week we will progress learning new skills that build upon each other. The first two weeks will be technique focus while the last two classes we will complete a small project each day. At the end of the four weeks participants should feel confident designing and making their own felt creations.
This course is FULL. Please add your name to the waitlist.

Add name to WAITLIST for Lean To Felt Course

  • Laser Safety Course

Learn how to use the Glowforge safely. A mandatory class for anyone who wishes to use the laser cutter independently. 

Free to attend. Registration required.

Tuesday, April 11th, 6:30pm.

Register for Laser Safety class

  • Cricut 101

Learn the basics of Cricut Design Space and intro to vinyl cutting. 

Free to attend. Registration required.

Wednesday, April 12th, 10:00am.

Register for Cricut 101

  • Custom Cheese Board

In this class you will learn the skill required to design you own cheese board. Designs will be engraved onto the cheese board.

Material: Bamboo.
Size: 6.25" x 19".

Note: cheese boards will be engraved after class and will be picked up the following week.

Cost: $20 (paid online or in person at the Makerspace)

Registration required.

Thursday, April 20th, 6:00pm.

Register for Cheese Board Class



We'd love to hear from you.


Phone Number: 705 651-8601

The new SPL Makerspace is thanks to a $78,200 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 

Ontario Trillium Foundation

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