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 Thanks to our partners for their support.

When is ideaLAB open?

The SM Energy ideaLAB is open year-round, and our open lab hours are all ages:

  • Monday and Tuesday: 3 - 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1 - 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 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 past the Ask Desk - look for our big glass door at the west end of the floor.

What's available in the ideaLAB?


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. The ideaLAB studio is only open when the ideaLAB is open. It is walk-in only, and sessions are generally limited to an hour.

If you would like to reserve studio space ahead of time, you can reserve the Studio in the Community Technology Center, which is open all the hours the Central Library is open


  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop 
  • Adobe Premier 
  • Anime Studio Debut
  • Blender
  • FL Studio Producer Edition
  • Gamemaker Studio
  • GarageBand
  • GIMP
  • iMovie
  • Inkscape
  • iPhoto
  • Logic Pro
  • Manga Studio Debut
  • RPG Maker MV
  • SketchUp
  • Unity


  • 2 iMacs, 4 PCs
  • Lulzbot TAZ 4 3D printer
  • 2 Lulzbot Mini 3D printers
  • Nomad 883 Desktop CNC Mill
  • Sewing machines
  • USB microphones
  • Wacom Bamboo Create tablet
  • M-Audio KeyRig 49 Keyboard
  • Headphones
  • Color Scanner
  • Sense 3D scanner
  • Lighting Kit
  • Digital cameras
  • Sony HD Minicam
  • Tripods
  • Condenser microphones
  • Squier Standard Stratocaster electric guitar
  • DJ Controller
  • Akai Pro MPC Element
  • Cricut Air Explore and Maker
  • Electronics toolkit (solderer, stand, breadboard, etc.)
  • Heat rework station
  • Arduino starter pack
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Lego Mindstorms & NEX
  • 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