Welcome to our self-directed space for teens and adults interested in making, designing, tinkering, and experimenting. Find hands-on learning experiences for kids in the BOOMbox.

Two masked people, a library patron and a Skokie Public Library staff member, sit at a table in the Studio makerspace of the Skokie Public Library. The staff member is teaching the patron how to use and work with the crafting materials and equipment on the table.

Get to Know the Studio

Learn by doing! Build confidence using equipment with a selection of introductory ready-to-make projects that you can drop in and try anytime. Our staff is always on hand to guide you through. No registration necessary.


Monday-Friday: 9 am-8:45 pm
Saturday: 9 am-5:45 pm
Sunday: noon-5:45 pm
The Studio closes 15 minutes before the library closes.

Using the Space

The Studio is open to patrons ages 14 and above. Children ages 13 and under may use the Studio with an adult caregiver; families must work on projects together. Equipment and resources are provided on a first come, first served basis.

Equipment and Supplies

We offer complimentary materials for visual art, fabrication, and textiles. Restrictions and limits on some supplies may apply. You may also bring in your own supplies unless otherwise indicated. An experiential learning specialist is always available to assist with projects and exploration. 


  • Studio equipment may not be used to create weapons or materials that:
  • Are prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
  • Are unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or that pose an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
  • Are inappropriate for the library environment.
  • Are subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.

Studio Suites

The Studio suites are spaces for digital content creation, post-production editing, and digitization. Staff are available to troubleshoot small issues but in-depth assistance is not available.

Learn more about reserving and using a Studio suite.


Send us your 3D printing files and we will print them for you. Use our online form to make your request

Learn more about our printers and printing process.


Explore new skills and new ideas with one of our online training and tutorials.


Thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. You must be 13 years or older to use this service. Users under 18 need parent or legal guardian permission to sign up.

LinkedIn Learning

Watch thousands of step-by-step online video tutorials on software, apps, media, marketing, business, and technology.

If you previously had a account through the library, you do not need to create a new one for LinkedIn Learning. Simply login with your library card number and PIN.