Los Angeles, CA: Octavia Lab at the Los Angeles Public Library

The Octavia Lab is an award-winning do-it-yourself makerspace at the Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library named after the award-winning science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. Octavia Lab gives library cardholders free and unlimited access to state-of-the-art design, fabrication, preservation, and story-telling technologies.

People of all ages use Octavia Lab to access equipment to create projects and archive their collections. Patrons used the DIY Memory Lab to preserve and digitize photos and documents as well as perform analog-to-digital conversion; Laser Cutter to carve and etch designs into fabrics and solid materials; 3D Printers and a 3D Scanner to render and fabricate objects straight out of their imaginations; CNC Mill to carve small items; Silhouette Cutting Tool and Vinyl Cutter for creating such things as vinyl stickers; Large Format Printer for large-scale posters and photos; Sewing and Embroidery Machines; and Audio and Video Production tools and equipment.