Innovation Pointe

Innovation Pointe, located in MidPointe Library West Chester, is a public makerspace filled with the tools and technology to help you create, make, and innovate!

What is a Makerspace?

A library makerspace is a “Do-it-Yourself” learning center where patrons of any experience level gain practical skills through hands-on learning. Each library makerspace is uniquely designed and resourced based on community needs, interests, and staff capabilities. Patrons can utilize library equipment and software to turn their creative ideas into physical objects to share with their friends, family and community. Library makerspaces offer access to the building blocks of creative making. Innovation Pointe provides education and program experiences to empower patrons in making full use of makerspace resources through skill-building. Innovation Pointe fulfills MidPointe Library’s mission of, “Enriching our community through access and experience,” by providing access to a variety of tools and equipment that allow patrons to make, explore, and tinker.

How Does Innovation Pointe Work?

Innovation Pointe welcomes patrons of all ages, though minors under 10 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian so they can have the best possible experience.

Patrons age 10 and up can utilize equipment without charge after acquiring necessary knowledge, skills, and safety training. Machines are time-limited and some have material costs associated with their use.

How Do I Book an Appointment?

We offer two categories of appointments at Innovation Pointe depending on the equipment you intend to use. Please refer to the list below: 

Group 1 

  • 3D Printers & 3D Scanner 
  • Laser Cutter 
  • Vinyl Printer 
  • Sublimation Printer 
  • Cricut 

Group 2 

  • Digital Conversion 
  • Button Makers 
  • Laminator 

To initiate the booking process, click the “Book an Appointment” button below to access our calendar. Please select “Group 1” or “Group 2” in the calendar dropdown menu to see the available appointments for each category by date and time. Please note that you can only use the equipment selected for your booking, and we limit patrons to a maximum of two appointments per week. 

Select an appointment time to register. You will be prompted to sign in with your library card number and pin. A library card is required to book an appointment. By default, your pin will be the last four digits of your phone number. If needed, you can reset your pin HERE or by visiting any MidPointe Library location. 

After signing in, please fill out your contact information and answer all registration questions. A confirmation email containing your booking details will be sent to you. 

We allow a maximum of 2 adult guests per appointment. The guests must have a library card and sign a liability waiver to utilize the equipment. All guests must be working on the same project/equipment. Interested in bringing a child with you? – Contact us. 

All patrons must have a makerspace liability waiver on file to use the makerspace equipment. This will be signed in person at your first appointment. Minors must have a parent or legal guardian present to co-sign the waiver. Both parties must have a library card. 

On your first appointment with each piece of makerspace equipment, you are required to do standard operation & safety training with an Innovation Pointe staff member. This is done individually for each machine and times may vary based on machine complexity. Please note that this training may take most of your first appointment. After you complete a machine training, it will be added to your record for future visits. You will only need to complete this training once on each piece of equipment.  

Walk-in appointments may be available but are not guaranteed. Please ask a staff member about our standby list if you do not have a reservation. You can only be added to the standby list in person. 

Interested in a group tour or special event? Please contact us: innovationpointe@midpointelibrary.org 

Innovation Pointe EXPRESS

Upload your files and our staff will complete your project. 

Please complete the following form. (If you have multiple print jobs, please submit them separately).

Print jobs are printed by order received only. As demand and print times vary, the library cannot guarantee a deliverable date. When your print job is completed, you will be contacted by a staff member using the information provided in the submission form. The library reserves the right to refuse a print job or alter the print queue for any reason.

Additional Resources

Questions? Please contact us at: innovationpointe@midpointelibrary.org

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