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.
  • All appointments must be pre-booked. This includes: tours of the space, open makerspace work time, workshops, and classes.
  • 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, overview of equipment, design time, production, and/or a curriculum connection. 

Please contact Heidi to discuss and book your class visit.


SPL Makerspace is looking for a full team of volunteers as we move towards opening our Makerspace. A variety of jobs are available. 

  • 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 


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


Special December Programs

  • Countdown to Christmas Craft & Social

Countdown to Christmas

Christmas tunes playing, warm drinks, good cheer, and all the supplies needed to make your own Countdown To Christmas decoration. Family friendly.

Tickets $20. Sold in-person at the Makerspace or online via PayPal.

Saturday, December 3rd 10:00am.

Register for Countdown to Christmas Craft & Social 


Don't have time Saturday morning to join us, but would really like to make one?!

Request a Countdown to Christmas decoration as a Take-and-Make!

We will provide all the wooden pieces, mini chalkboard, and chalk. 

You provide the paint and/or stain, and glue.

$20 paid online ONLY. Choice of pickup date and locations. 

Register for a Take-and-Make Countdown to Christmas


  • Personalized Return Address Labels

address labelsDo you send traditional Christmas cards in the mail?! Join us and make your very own sheet of personalized return address labels.

$5 to be paid at start of class.

Tuesday, December 6th 1:00pm.

Register for Personalized Return Address Labels Workshop


  • Ladies Craft Night – Wooden Sign Making

wooden signDecember is busy, take one evening for some self-love. Gather with us at the Makerspace for an evening of holiday music, drinks, and all the material needed to create a stunning wooden sign (shelf sitter).

Tickets $35. Sold in-person at the Makerspace or online via PayPal.

Thursday, December 8th 6:30pm.

Different Sign Design Options

Register for Craft Night






  • Tree Ornament Painting

Learn some techniques of tole painting as you create your own snowman and tree ornament. All supplies provided. Beginner class. No experience necessary.

By donation.

Tuesday, December 13th 1:00pm.

Register for Ornament Painting Class

Regular Monthly Programs

  • Monthly Mending

Bring in an item that needs mending, and our sewing expert from The Sewing School in Peterborough will help you out!

Sewing machine, tread, and basic supplies provided. No cost, donations welcome.

SPL Makerspace. 

Tuesday, December 13th 6-8pm.

Please register for a 30 minute time block.
(If your first choice is full, please register for a different one)

6:00 - 6:30pm

6:30 - 7:00pm

7:00 - 7:30pm

7:30 - 8:00pm

  • Open Needlework Group

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.

Needlework Group will run:

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

  • Glowforge Laser Safety

Learn how to use the laser safety. 

Wednesday, December 14th, 10:00am

Register for Laser Safety

  • Intro to Inkscape

Learn the basics to get started with Inkscape. Types of images, editing, and settings for engrave, score, and cut on the laser cutter.

Thursday, December 15th, 2pm.

Register for Intro to Inkscape 

  • Intro to Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)

Join us and learn the skills to get started with HTV. Used to make personalized totes, shirts, pillows, and more!

Tuesday, December 20th, 1pm

Register for Intro to HTV 


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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