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Welcome to the Xavier University Library Makerspace!

Welcome to the Xavier University Library Makerspace!


The Xavier University Library Makerspace is available to all students, faculty, and staff - whether for class or personal projects! 

The Makerspace is a creative, dynamic space where people invent, build, and learn. Through generous grants from SWON and the Xavier University Women of Excellence, the makerspace opened in the spring of 2016 and was the first academic makerspace in the region.

With all sorts of technology and tools including 3D printers, a laser etcher, Cricut Maker, heat presses, sewing and embroidery machine, Raspberry Pis, Ozobots, Spheros, and more, students, faculty, and staff can make and create.

Hours and Location

Fall 2023 Semester Hours:

Monday 10am-6pm

Tuesday 10-11am; 4-6pm

Wednesday 10am-6pm

Thursday 4-6pm

Friday 11am-5pm

Located on the first floor of McDonald Library, the Makerspace offers individualized assistance with all of the resources we offer. Although we welcome drop-ins during open hours, a reservation is strongly recommended. Reserve your time HERE.

For questions or inquiries about using the Makerspace outside of scheduled hours, please contact Leslie Whitford.

Pricing Information

Until further notice, these materials are completely free for both class and personal projects up to the following:

  • 3D printing up to 50g
  • 20 buttons or magnets
  • 2 sheets of stickers
  • 2 ft of vinyl
  • 1 ft of heat transfer vinyl
  • 1 ft of glitter or cardstock paper
  • 2 sheets of 1’ square plywood
  • Acrylic sheets not included, still $10/square ft

After the above limits are reached, the following pricing structure goes into effect for personal projects (class projects are always free with proof of assignment):

  • 3D Printing: 5 cents per gram
  • 2.25" Buttons or Magnets: 25 cents each
  • 1.25" Button: 10 cents each
  • Stickers: $1 per page
  • Vinyl: $2 per foot
  • Heat Transfer (Iron On) Vinyl: $4 per foot
  • Glitter or cardstock paper: $1 per foot
  • 1/8" birch plywood: $3 for 1' square sheet
  • 1/8" acrylic: $10 for 1' square sheet


Use these templates for making buttons in the Xavier Makerspace!

What is a Makerspace?

Reserve Equipment/Space

á Reservations can be made up to 2 weeks in advance á

Drop-ins are more than welcome in the Makerspace. To best serve you, we request you make a reservation ahead of time.

The following workstations are available:

  • 3D Printer
  • Laser Cutter and Engraver Unavailable for Fall 2023
  • Cricut Maker 3 and Heat Press
    • Vinyl, stickers, iron-ons, etc
  • Virtual Reality/High End PC
  • Button maker
  • Makerspace Tour (brief overview of what we offer)
  • Club Swag Kits

Direct any questions about how to prepare for your visit to

Faculty: Plan a Class with Us!

The Makerspace offers sessions customized to fit your class - no matter the discipline. Work with your library liaison or Digital Initiatives Librarian, Leslie Whitford, to make arrangements today!


Events @ the Makerspace

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Meet the Digital Initiatives Librarian

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Leslie Whitford