Members of the South Sioux City Area Chamber of Commerce and library employees perform a ribbon cutting at the mobile makerspace in the South Sioux City Public Library. The makerspace will be at the library until mid-August.
Members of the South Sioux City Area Chamber of Commerce and library employees perform a ribbon cutting at the mobile makerspace in the South Sioux City Public Library. The makerspace will be at the library until mid-August.

The South Sioux City Public Library and Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Tuesday, April 2 for the library's mobile Makerspace, an area of the library filled with technology devoted to creation.

Items in the Makerspace include tools designed for digital fabrication (3D printer, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, CNC router), electronics (prototype kits, microcontrollers, robotics), textiles (heat press, embroidery/sewing machine), digital media creation (filmmaking/digital photography), music technology, specialized software, button maker, laminator and basic hand tools.

A National Leadership Grant of $530,732 awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to the Nebraska Library Commission supports this partnership effort. The Makerspace equipment is provided by Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities.

The Makerspace is free to use and available to anyone– no library card needed. The only cost associated is a minimal charge for supplies, such as filament for the 3D printer, that the library must provide. Some supplies can be brought from home leaving no cost to the user.

“We are really thrilled about this,” said librarian Odessa Cooley. “There are so many opportunities for local hobbyists and people in the community and it's really exciting.”

Makerspace visitors must call the library prior to visiting at 402-494-7545 to ensure the device they want to use is available and there is someone on staff who can assist them.