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Maker Commons

Digital technology & maker tools at the SCF Libraries

SCF Libraries Maker Commons

Ready to create? Welcome to the SCF Libraries Maker Commons!

We have a variety of equipment and tools to assist our students in the "creation of knowledge."

Each SCF Library (Bradenton, Venice, or Lakewood Ranch) has different equipment, versions, or models, so make sure to check that your campus has the equipment you need.

3d printing


Maker Commons Procedure:

  1. Select the room that has the equipment you need (look them up on the menu tabs.)
  2. Read the Maker Commons Policy below and the specific Policy for that room & equipment.
  3. Complete a Reservation Form by answering the questions related to your project.
  4. A member of the staff will contact you to process your request.


Maker Commons Terms & Conditions (for all rooms*):

The SCF Libraries’ Maker Commons constitute an invitation to create, learn, and explore, in order to further our students' educational goals. They may be used only for lawful purposes.

Users will not be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printers or any other equipment in the Maker Commons, to create material that is:

  • Prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
  • In violation of SCF’s policies of Code of Ethical Behavior or Standards of Student Behavior.
  • Considered a weapon, unsafe, harmful, dangerous, poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others, or is otherwise obscene or inappropriate for the college environment.
  • In violation of another’s copyright or intellectual property rights. For example, the printer will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
  • SCF students and staff can use materials and equipment from the SCF Libraries Maker Commons. Currently, these are not available for guests, or non-SCF patrons.
  • All Maker Commons users (whether students, faculty, or staff) need to submit a Request through the channel provided.
  • A member of the Library Staff will give the user access to the room or equipment, during the Library's operational hours.
  • When requesting a specific space, room, or equipment, the user will be provided with a list of everything that is included and they are responsible for returning it with all the parts, supplies, or equipment as it was when provided.
  • Users are responsible for returning the room tidy, garbage and scraps collected, and all the materials put away as they were originally.
  • The SCF Libraries are not responsible for the success or failure of the users' projects, mistakes, damages, or injuries due to malfunctioning or improper use of equipment.
  • Costs related to materials and expenses will be explained in the Terms & Conditions for each type of equipment or room.

* Please check if a specific equipment or room has its own specific Terms & Conditions, in addition to this one.


Click on the menu tabs to go to each Maker Commons room & start creating!