The Collaboratory: a makerspace

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A Collaboratory user works on a robot.The Hillsboro Public Library’s Collaboratory is a space for people of all abilities to explore the possibility of: making art, making science, making crafts, making anything!

Collaboratory Mission, Conduct, and Operations

While families are welcome to explore the space, the Collaboratory is for patrons age 10 and up. Younger makers can attend the Maker Labs at Shute park on Saturday afternoons, and Brookwood Library on Sunday afternoons. Make sure to check out our events Calendar for more information

What’s happening in the Collaboratory?

The Collaboratory hosts the following types of events:

Open labs: Check out the space, work on projects, practice skills, and meet makers. Equipment available on a first come, first served basis, but be considerate of others. No formal instruction offered, no registration required.

Meet-ups: Work on projects with like-minded makers and learn from one another. Space dedicated to a particular activity, no registration required.  

  • 3D Printing Meet-up – 3rd Thursdays at 5 pm
  • Coloring Club – 2nd Thursdays at 5 pm
  • Cosplay Meet-up – 2nd and 4th Sundays at 3 pm
  • Fabric & Fibers Meet-up – 2nd Saturdays at 10 am (except for December, see below)
  • Microcontrollers Meet-up – 4th Mondays at 5 pm

Classes: Classes are taught by experts in a specific skill or craft. While it is not always required per class, some experience is helpful. No project time, or Self-Serve time available while classes are in session. If a class requires registration, you can register at Calendar of Events

Self-service: Certified patrons only, no instruction offered. Get certified by registering for a certification session at the Calendar of Events.  Self-Service is available outside of scheduled events only.

Certification sessions: Get certified to use the equipment outside of regularly scheduled events. No project time. Registration required at the Calendar of Events.

Upcoming Classes and Events:

Date and Time:

Upcoming Classes and Events
 Calligraphy Class*  Saturday, February 3 at 3 pm
 Pencil Portrait Drawing (5 part series)*  Tuesdays, February 13 - March 13 at 6 pm
 Beginning Jewelry Making*  Thursday, February 24 at 2 pm
 Westside Mini Maker Faire  Saturday, March 17, all day
 Beginning Python Programming*  Wednesdays, April 4 – 25 at 5 pm
Rug Hooking 101  Tuesdays, April 10 – 24 at 6 pm
 3D Scanning Skills*  Saturdays, April 28 – May 12 at 3 pm
 Getting Started with Arduino*  Monday, May 7 at 5:30 pm
 Vinyl Heat Press Work Shop*  Saturday, May 19 at 3 pm
Advanced Arduino Development Workshop*  Monday, May 21 at 5:30 pm

Upcoming Meet-Ups:

Date and Time:

Upcoming Meet-Ups
 3D Printing Meet-up  3rd Thursdays at 5 pm
 Code Club Meet-up  2nd Wednesdays at 5 pm
 Coloring, Drawing, and Sketching Meet-up  2nd Thursdays at 530 pm
 Cosplay Meet-up  2nd and 4th Sundays at 3pm
 Fabric and Fibers Meet-up  2nd Saturdays at 10 am
 Microcontroller Meet-up  4th Mondays at 5 pm
 Scrapbooking and Papercrafting Meet-up 1st Thursdays at 530 pm

*Registration required at the Calendar of Events.

See the link to Calendar of Events for details, including the Open Lab Schedule.


We have:

  • 3D printers and filament
  • Digital and Manual die cutters
  • Sewing machines and sergers
  • Knitting and crochet supplies 
  • DSLR camera, green screen and light box 
  • Arduinos, Edisons and Makey Makeys  
  • Vinyl heat press
  • Arts and craft tools
  • Computers and graphics software
  • Idea and pattern books
  • Practice materials, etc.
  • Cardstock and other paper crafting supplies
  • Rubber stamps and ink   


You bring:

  • Specialty materials
  • Storage devices
  • Digital files




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