Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches

17/06/2021

There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with strict capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Pick up holds and check them out at self-checkout stations.
  • Return borrowed items to book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • No other services: no browsing, no washroom access.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Imagine Space

Branch

Nepean Centrepointe
101 Centrepointe

Imagine Space

Currently not open to the public

See Current Branch Services for more information.

3D printing, modelling Laser cutting equipment on a series of tables

In April 2014, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa collaborated to open Ottawa’s first public makerspace entitled Imagine Space – an American corner. Makerspaces are creation and collaboration hubs, offering technologies and tools that allow customers to experiment and to create in a social setting. They are built on the premise that knowledge and learning is often better transmitted via sharing, collective problem solving, and task performance.

The following cutting edge equipment is available in the Imagine Space:

  • 3D printing and modelling
  • Laser cutting
  • Photo, video and audio editing
  • Green screen and video gear
  • Hand tools and electronics
  • Wall-to-wall whiteboard

Equipment available

Canon EOS Rebel T6i SLR Camera

Canon EOS Rebel T6i Camera

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i Camera is an easy to use camera that lets you take high quality photographs. It comes with a 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens and an external flash.

Desktop PC with monttor, keyboard and mouse on a table

3D design PC

The 3D design PC comes with a variety of 3D design software for creating and modifying your projects before printing them on one of the 3D printers.

Arduino Circuit Board

Arduino Kit

Arduino micro-controllers are small yet powerful micro-controllers can be programmed to run anything from robots to household automated devices. They’re fantastic for learning programming and electronics.

Brother Scan and Cut Machine

Brother Scan and Cut

The Scan N Cut 2 cuts materials not permitted in the laser cutters (such as vinyl sheets) and is great for felt and cardstock.  Scan an image or add SVG files via the USB port. Tools are provided, just bring your own material. Available on a drop-in basis.

 Overview of Button Maker

Button Maker

1 3/4" buttons
$0.25 per button

This will be equipment available for drop in use.
 

Camera Tripod

Camera Tripod

This tripod is compatible with the Imagine Space's DSLR and Sony Handycam.

David SLS-1 3D Scanner

David SLS-1 3D Scanner

David SLS-1 3D scanners are used to create digital versions of real life objects. The scanner works by rapidly firing patterns of structured light and capturing the images with a camera. Images from different angles can be stitched together to form a single 3D image fit for printing.

Photo Studio light on tripod

Home Studio Lighting Kit

Use the Home Studio Lighting Kit to light your video or photography project. This kit is compatible with the Imagine Space's DSLR and Sony Handycam.

Laser cutter - Epilog Helix on Stand

Laser cutter - Epilog Helix

The Epilog Helix laser cutter utilises a high powered laser to make precision cuts and engravings in a variety of materials, such as paper, wood, acrylic and glass. It has a table size 24" x 18". It has the ability to engrave or cut cylindrical items, like bottles or glasses with the Rim-Drive Rotary Attachment. 

Laser cutter - Epilog mini

Laser cutter - Epilog mini

The Epilog Mini 24 laser cutter utilises a high powered laser to make precision cuts and engravings in a variety of materials, such as paper, wood, acrylic and glass. It has a table size of 24" x 12". It has the ability to engrave or cut cylindrical items, like bottles or glasses with the Rim-Drive Rotary Attachment. 

Mac Pro computer monitor an mose on a table

Mac Pro + digital editing software

Front view of a Makerbot 3D Printer

Makerbot 3D Printer

The MakerBot Replicator+ is a very user friendly device that customers can operate themselves. Makerbots work by melting a plastic filament, then extruding the liquid through a brass nozzle – just like a hot glue gun. The liquid quickly cools and hardens into shape.

Person taking photo with phone in front of a pop up lightbox

Portable Photo Studio

Sense scanner

Sense scanner

Archive and preserve artifacts, products and items as color 3D data and scan objects.

Sony Handicam Video Camera

Sony Handycam

Use the Sony Handycam to shoot full HD movies.

Photo Studio Backdrop and Support System

Studio Backdrop Support System

Green Screen is a tool for creating a special effect. By filming actors in front of a green screen, editors can superimpose the background image of their choice.