About ideaLAB

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What is ideaLAB?

ideaLAB is a makerspace and digital media lab at the Central Library. With our equipment and software, you can make videos, games, music, art, crafts, and more. The lab is free to anyone – no library card necessary! If you have questions, please contact us at 720-865-1706 or by sending an email to ctc@denverlibrary.org. Thanks to our partners for their support.

When is ideaLAB open?

ideaLAB is open year-round, with different hours targeting specific age groups:

  • Teens (ages 12-19): Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.
  • Adults (ages 18+): Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. and Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
  • Girls Only (ages 10-19): Fourth Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Families (all ages): Workshops second Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and fourth Saturday of every month, 1-4 p.m. Family Open Lab 1-4 p.m. most Saturdays.

We also run workshops and programs — be sure to check the events & classes calendar regularly! You may also view and print class calendars as a PDF: Current Schedule

Where is the ideaLAB?

We are in the Community Technology Center at the Central Library, on the southwest end of level 4. Take the elevators up and walk into the computer lab. Head towards, and then past the Ask Desk - look for our big glass door behind the stacks of computer books.

What's available in the ideaLAB?


3D Printing: Information about 3D printing including how you can get your file printed by the ideaLAB.

Recording Studio: Please see our FAQ on available tools and software or book a reservation online.


  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Encore
  • Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Flash Professional
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop Extended
  • Adobe Premier Professional
  • Anime Studio Debut
  • AutoDesk Sketchbook Express
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Blender
  • Brackets
  • Cakewalk Sonar X1
  • Comic Life Deluxe
  • Construct 2
  • Corel Painter Essentials
  • FL Studio Producer Edition
  • Gamemaker Studio
  • GameSalad
  • GarageBand
  • GIMP
  • iMovie
  • Inkscape
  • iPhoto
  • Linux Multimedia Studio
  • Makerware
  • Manga Studio Debut
  • Notepad++
  • Printrun
  • Scratch
  • SketchUp
  • Slic3r
  • Stencyl Game Creator
  • TextWrangler
  • Unity
  • Virtual DJ


  • 2 iMacs, 4 PCs, 1 Linux machine
  • Lulzbot TAZ 4 3D printer
  • Makerbot Replicator (5th Generation) 3D printer
  • Sewing machine
  • USB microphones
  • Wacom Bamboo Create tablet
  • M-Audio KeyRig 49 Keyboard
  • Headphones
  • Color printer
  • Color Scanner
  • Sense 3D scanner
  • Lighting Kit
  • Portable green screen
  • Digital cameras
  • 2 GoPro cameras (available for checkout)
  • Sony HD Minicam
  • Tripods
  • GorillaPod magnetic flexible tripod
  • Condenser microphones
  • Mixer
  • Squier Standard Stratocaster electric guitar
  • Hercules DJ Controller
  • Akai Pro MPC Element
  • Electronics toolkit (solderer, stand, breadboard, etc.)
  • Arduino starter pack
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Lego Mindstorms
  • LittleBits base, cloud starter, and synth kits
  • Paint, canvases, brushes
  • Button maker
  • Dremel 9100 Fortiflex heavy duty flex shaft tool
  • Rotary cutter, fabric scissors, and cutting mat