SM Energy ideaLAB at the Central Library

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What is ideaLAB?

The SM Energy 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?

The SM Energy 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+): Mondays and Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. and Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
  • All Ages Open Lab: Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 p.m.

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 | Upcoming Schedule

Where is the ideaLAB?

We are in the Community Technology Center at the Central Library, on the southwest end of Floor 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?

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

Recording Studio: Please see our FAQ on available tools and software. Online reservations are currently unavailable. Please call 720-865-1706 to make a reservation.

Software:

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Encore
  • Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Flash Professional
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop 
  • Adobe Premier 
  • Anime Studio Debut
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Blender
  • Brackets
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Comic Life Deluxe
  • FL Studio Producer Edition
  • Gamemaker Studio
  • GarageBand
  • GIMP
  • iMovie
  • Inkscape
  • iPhoto
  • Makerware
  • Manga Studio Debut
  • RPG Maker MV
  • SketchUp
  • Unity
  • Virtual DJ

Hardware:

  • 2 iMacs, 4 PCs, 1 Linux machine
  • Lulzbot TAZ 4 3D printer
  • Lulzbot Mini 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
  • 1 GoPro camera (also available for checkout)
  • Sony HD Minicam
  • Tripods
  • Condenser microphones
  • Squier Standard Stratocaster electric guitar
  • DJ Controller
  • Akai Pro MPC Element
  • Cricut Air Explore
  • Electronics toolkit (solderer, stand, breadboard, etc.)
  • Heat rework station
  • Arduino starter pack
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Lego Mindstorms & NEX
  • 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
  • Cubelets and MOSS Robotics

Behavior Agreement and Advisement of Potential Risks Associated with Use of Tools at the Denver Public Library