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Examples of projects done in ideaLABs across Denver: sewing, repairs, 3D printing, beading, and more.

We're Open!

The labs at the Hadley Branch, Hampden Branch, Montbello Branch, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch, and the Sam Gary Branch libraries are open to the public for drop-in all-ages making!  At these locations, open lab will be from 1 PM - 5:30 PM Tuesday through Friday, and 12 PM - 4:30 PM on Saturdays. Note: during Summer 2023, the Sam Gary ideaLAB will be taking a daily half hour break 3-3:30 PM Tuesday through Friday and 2-2:30 on Saturdays. The space will be closed to customers during that time.

The SM Energy ideaLAB at the Central Library will remain closed for the time being while the building is undergoing renovations. 

What's New?

We have relaunched our Maker-in-Residence program! To learn more or for a link to our application for potential makers in residence, please visit this page.

What is an ideaLAB?

ideaLABs are makerspaces: free community spaces to make things. Do you need to produce videos, create games, make music, or learn about electronics?  We aim to provide the tools and resources you need to make your projects happen. The tools available varies from lab to lab - please check the equipment and software lists to find the space that has what you need. The lab is free to anyone – no library card necessary!


Where are they and when are they open?

There are ideaLABs across the Denver Public Library system. Equipment varies by location.

Download a printable flyer (PDF) that includes a map of all of our ideaLAB locations:

Keep Making!

Learn Something New

Join an upcoming DIY program, check out our Instructables page for step-by-step tutorials for a variety of projects, or watch one of our YouTube videos


Make Something at Home

example projects made with Make It cards

Tired of screens and videos? We're producing Make It Cards in English and Spanish - project ideas using easy-to-find supplies. Find them distributed at our bookmobile visits, on our Instructables page, or download one here: