Idea Box

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library encourages visitors to get “creatively messy”
with free access to tools to design,quote The Idea Bob helped me make a dream a reality quote build and co-create. Inside a glass room in Main Library in uptown Charlotte, you’ll hear the whirring of machines. It’s the sound of learning and comes from Idea Box, a makerspace that opened to the public in 2015.

Idea Box Hours
Mondays: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesdays: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesdays: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursdays: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

What is a makerspace? It's a learning environment for people to connect with
others and create meaningful quote Creativity is Intelligence having fun by Albert Einstein. quote projects, using technologies and other tools that might not be easily accessible. Idea Box has 3D printers, CAD stations, vinyl and laser cutters, sewing machines, knitting machines and a variety of tablet devices like the Nexus, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and iPad. Other equipment includes: MakerBot Replicator, LulzBot Mini, Epilog Laser Engraver/Cutter, Roland Vinyl Cutter and three desktop computers.

Idea Box is a place where anyone can explore new technology as well as design, prototype and build inspired ideas from start to finish. 

Prices

1/8” half board wood >> $1.50 >> Laser Cutter 

1/8”  full board wood >> $3.00 >> Laser Cutter 

1/4” half board wood >> $2.50 >> Laser Cutter 

1/4” full board wood >> $5.00 >> Laser Cutter 

Cardstock (per sheet) >> $.25 >> Laser Cutter

Cardboard >> FREE >> Laser Cutter 

3D Print filament (per gram) >> $.10 >> 3D Printer 

Vinyl (per square foot) >> $.50 >> Vinyl Cutter 

Idea Box: Tech Career Exploration

Tuesday, July 24 4:00 PM
Main Library

Learn from a technology professional about their background and career path. Professionals in web development, programming, usability information technology, and computer science will be here to share knowledge and answer questions.

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Explore tech career opportunities

Monday, April 30, 2018
Have you ever considered a career in technology? Occupations like web development, programming, usability testing, information technology and computer science are just a few options for those interested in tech careers.

Feeling Fidgety?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Two high school boys have a YouTube channel and came to the Idea Box to create some popular “fidget spinners".

March Is National Craft Month

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Did you know that March is National Craft Month? What does that mean? It means there’s no better time to get creative, get messy, and get busy making something fun--and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is here to help in multiple ways!

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is an online educational site that includes over 3,000 courses (and over 130,000 videos) in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business.

Universal Class

An online education experience offering over 540 courses in subjects like entrepreneurship, technology, health, career assistance, and more.

Ebook Central Academic and Public Library Complete (formerly known as ebrary)

Scholarly e-book titles supporting student and faculty research, and general nonfiction on topics such as career development, arts and practical life skills.

NC LIVE

What is NC LIVE? The power of your library, online! We give you free access to e-books, audiobooks, videos, online magazines, newspapers, and more.

Idea Box Hours of Operation

Idea Box

Hours of Operation

Monday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Tuesday: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Wednesday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed