The PUL Makerspace

Today's Hours

For summer, holidays or recess hours, please consult the full schedule.

Location

A Floor of Lewis Science Library in the Engineering - Lewis - Fine wing.

Lewis Science Library
Interior of Library Makerspace

Make! Create! Innovate!

About

The Princeton University Library (PUL) Makerspace is the first Library makerspace. It extends the PUL mission to enrich teaching, learning, and research by complementing Library support for academic success, group collaboration, reflection, and exploration across disciplinary boundaries. 

The PUL makerspace provides an informal learning space, open to Princeton faculty, students, and staff from all disciplines. Unaffiliated with a specific department or center, it aims to lower barriers to entry for novice users to help students learn the basics and gain confidence to take formal courses or to delve into advanced makerspaces and studios elsewhere on campus. 

The 2,000 square foot PUL Makerspace is part of a 2020 renovation that includes the A level of Lewis Library and the A and B levels of Fine Hall. The renovation brings together and integrates the work of the Lewis Science Library and the Engineering Library which has moved from the Friend Center. The co-location and integration of services made possible through the renovation greatly improves library services for STEM disciplines.

Near the entrance is a “Build and Explore” area with creative assets such as modeling clay, stackable blocks and tactile aids. Farther in is the “Print and Create” area with 3D printers, a 3D scanner, a vinyl and paper cutter, and a large format poster printer, as well as tool sets, goggles, gloves and collaborative worktables. In the “Electronics” Area, patrons can explore concepts of the Internet of Things through Wacom drawing tablets, consumer-grade electronic kits like Makey Makeys. The space includes a reservable video recording room, a virtual reality exploration room and a collaborative display space, all of which require patrons to bring their own equipment. Nearby, the Engineering Tool Library lends robotics kits and other equipment.

The main workspace provides work tables, project storage, and the following equipment:

Canon Large Format Printer

Graphtec FC9000 Cutting Plotter

Makerbot Replicator+ 3D Printer

Roland SRM-20 Desktop CNC Mill

Spring 2021 COVID-19 Restrictions

During the spring 2021 term, the PUL Makerspace will be a mediated service. 3D prints will be made available at the Fine Hall Circulation Desk. All other equipment use will be operated by PUL Makerspace employees by reservation only. Social distancing and mask use are required. We hope to open more fully as the University is able to loosen restrictions.

To make a reservation, please email Willow Dressel, Engineering Librarian, at wdressel@princeton.edu

Training

A variety of 3D scanning and modeling courses are available through LinkedIn Learning

Zoom sessions coming soon!

Got a story about something you made at the PUL Makerspace?

Willow Dressel, Engineering Librarian, and graduate students from several departments are providing the expertise and staffing for the PUL Makerspace. They will be sharing stories about projects through the Library’s news channels. The Library invites you to share your experiences by emailing Willow Dressel at wdressel@princeton.edu.