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The Collaboratory: A Makerspace

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A Collaboratory user works on a robot.

Using the Collaboratory 

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, or making anything!

  • The Collaboratory is available to all WCCLS cardholders ages 10 and up.
  • Users between the ages of 10 and 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 
  • Younger makers can attend the Maker Labs at Shute Park on Saturdays and Brookwood on Sundays both from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.

All users are asked to follow the Collaboratory Code of Conduct to ensure a welcome and safe space for everyone. For more information, read the Collaboratory Mission, Conduct, and Operations.

What’s happening in the Collaboratory?

Visit the Calendar of Events to find all scheduled Collaboratory events including those requiring registration.

Meet-Ups

Work on projects with like-minded makers and learn from one another. Space is dedicated to a particular activity. Drop-in.  

  • Card Makers Social Meet-up – Fourth Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm 
  • Fabric & Fibers Meet-up – Second Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm, Fourth Wednesdays, 4 to 8 pm
  • Fantasy/Sci-fi Model Painting Meetup – Starting Sept 19, Third Thursdays, 5 to 8 pm

If you are interested in hosting a meetup, please contact our Volunteer Services Team. 

Classes

Classes are taught by experts in a specific skill or craft. Some experience is helpful but not required. During classes, the space is not available for project time or self-service. Some classes require registration.

Open Labs

Check out the space, work on projects, practice skills, and meet makers. Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but be considerate of others. No formal instruction offered. Drop-in.

Certification and Self-Service

Self-service patrons may use the Collaboratory outside of regularly scheduled events and classes after completing a Collaboratory certification. Collaboratory certification sessions are offered on a regular basis and require registration.