STEAM @ the Library

Calling all tinkerers, creators, makers and inventors! Pasadena Public Library, in partnership with many other city institutions, is launching the 2018 citywide STEAM initiative where individuals will be encouraged to delve into Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics programs, classes and a host of related curriculum.

Check our online Events Calendar to see all of the library’s current STEAM programs or visit the STEAM 18 website from Visit Pasadena to find more citywide STEAM events.

Questions about STEAM at the Library? Click here to Ask Us! a question.

Innovation Lab

We are pleased to announce the opening of a brand new makerspace at the Central Library this June called the Innovation Lab. In it we have equipment for the public to use such as 3D printers, CNC cutters, and sewing stations. See the information outlined below for more information about using the iLab.

Orientation and Workshop Information

In order to use the Innovation Lab during open hours, you must have attended a 1-hour orientation and have a signed User Agreement on file. Orientations are held on Mondays at 5pm and Saturdays at 12pm and registration is required to attend an orientation as spaces are limited. Orientations for June are now open for sign-ups! Click the button below to find an orientation online; then use the RSVP function to reserve your spot.

Upcoming Orientations

Mon 25

Innovation Lab Orientation

March 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 30

Innovation Lab Orientation

March 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Upcoming Workshops

Mon 25

Personalize a Coaster Set

March 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Apr 17

Make Your Own Wax Seal or Rubber Stamp

April 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
May 20

Make a Wooden Bookmark

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Innovation Lab Open Hours

  • Mondays and Saturdays: 1-5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4-8 p.m.


STEAM kits are bins full of activities, books, and other items all focused on learning about and experiencing a STEAM related topic. We have kits for ages 0-99 on topics such as coding, human body, photography, engineering, and dinosaurs, among others. STEAM kits must be picked up and returned to the Central Library only and are now available for checkout with more coming soon.

See the list below for STEAM kits currently available for checkout and hold. Click on a kit to check its availability or click “More Information” to learn more about the kit. If you’d like to place a hold on a STEAM kit, please call (626) 744-4066, option 7 and have your library card number ready. Please be aware that kits may only be picked up from and returned to the Pasadena Central Library.

STEAM Kit Policies and Procedures:

  1. All STEAM Kits must be checked out from and returned to the Central Library Circulation Desk.
  2. The children using these kits must be within the prescribed age range. Adult supervision is required.
  3. Only one kit is permitted per card at a time.
  4. All kits are checked out for two weeks and cannot be renewed. Overdue fees are 25 cents per day past the due date.
  5. If you would like to place a hold on a STEAM kit, you must speak to a library staff member who will place the hold for you. STEAM kit holds may only be picked up from and returned to the Central Library Circulation Desk.
  6. These kits are intended for home use. Use in a classroom or other group setting requires direct adult supervision.
  7. Materials in the front pockets of folders are for your use. Everything in plastic sleeves should remain in plastic sleeves.
  8. We reserve the right to inspect the kits in front of the patron before and/or after checkout.
  9. The library cardholder is responsible for the contents of the kit. Each kit contains a detailed list of all items in the kit and the replacement costs. Any damage or loss may result in assessed fees.

STEAM Kits Coming Soon

Toddler Kits (0 and up)

  • Toddler Music

Early Learner Kits (3 and up)

  • Gears, Gears, Gears!
  • Doctor
  • Dinosaurs and Paleontology
  • Outer Space
  • Marketplace
  • All About Me (Human Body and Emotions)
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Forces and Motion
  • Magnets
  • Math: Classification
  • Five Senses
  • Color and Light
  • Simple Machines

Kids Kits (5 and up)

  • Botley

Tween Kits (8 and up)

  • Kano
  • Weather
  • Human Body
  • Guitar for Kids
  • Mathmagic
  • Bloxels
  • Geology
  • 3Doodler Start
  • Makey Makey
  • Drawing and Design

Teen and Adult Kits (12 and up)

  • Digital Photography
  • Filming
  • Digital Art
  • Hot Wire Sculpting
  • 3Doodler Create
  • Sewing
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Guitar for Teens

Game Room

Teen Central now has a Creativity Room with lots of great video games and virtual reality gear! The Creativity Room is open for scheduled library programs only and cannot be reserved by the public. See below for current programs in the Creativity Room.

Game Room times/days: Fridays 4-5:30pm for teens only.
Virtual Reality: Thursdays 2-4:00 pm for adults 18+ only

Virtual Reality; Xbox One X; Nintendo Switch; With programs and games to encourage exploration of STEAM concepts such as STEAM careers exploration with virtual reality or Code a game using the Fuze BASIC for the Switch.

Virtual Reality equipment users are required to sign a waiver prior to use.

Virtual Reality experiences currently available

  • In order to use the Innovation Lab (iLab), patrons must have attended an Innovation Lab Orientation, have a signed User Agreement on file, and have a library account in good standing.
  • Patrons 12 and under are not permitted to use Lab equipment unless during a Library-sponsored program.
  • Upon arrival, users must check-in with iLab Monitor, present a library card or picture ID, and sign the iLab sign-in sheet.
  • Users must sign-in for the machine they want to use.
  • Patrons may reserve the machine that they want to use for 1 hour at a time.
  • Users can extend their time past the initial period designated on the sign-in sheet if no one is waiting.
  • Patrons may call the Central Library, (626)744-4066, option 7, to reserve an hour slot on a specific machine. Reservations can only be placed on the same day that the machine will be used. Patrons may only place one reservation per day.
  • Machines that have been reserved in advance will be held for 10 minutes past the start of the hour. After 10 minutes, the machine will be released to the next patron waiting.
  • We do not sell materials. Users must bring in their own materials to use on the machines. (See material guidelines below for more information on acceptable materials.)
  • When a user brings material to use in the iLab machines, they must bring proof of the type of material such as a receipt or invoice for online purchases.
  • When users bring their own materials, monitor must approve and write down the type of material before it may be used in the iLab machines.
  • We’re not responsible for any damages that may occur to any materials users bring into the iLab.
  • We’re not responsible for any errors that occur as a results of designs that are not properly formatted or constructed.
  • Monitor can help users with basic machine setup and simple orientation to software; as time-permits, monitors can help with other questions to the best of their ability.
  • There is no food or beverages permitted in the iLab, except water in a container with a secure top. Any water bottles must be kept on the worktable in the center of the room and cannot be placed on any of the tables or carts holding machines.

Machines Available for Use in the Innovation Lab

2 Lulzbot Taz 6 3D Printers

  • Free printing of 1 hour per month.
  • Users can bring in their own filament as long as it’s the correct kind for the machine(s) (see acceptable filament lists below)
  • If users wish to bring a design to the lab, we recommend saving it on a USB drive
  • The 3D printers can print from file types G code or .stl
  • 3D designs can be created in many programs. Some free 3D modelling software include Tinkercad and SketchUp. Users may also find 3D models created by others and available for use on the website
  • Lulzbot store:
  • If user purchases filament from a different store, it must follow the acceptable filament guidelines and diameter for Lulzbot Taz 6
  • Acceptable filament: ABS, HIPS, PLA, magnetic iron, nGen, stainless steel PLA, laybrick, laywood-D3, n-vent, INOVA-1800, t-glase, bridge, PCTPE, 910, conductive PLA, PC-ABS, polycarbonate, PVA, 618 nylon, 645 nylon
  • Filament diameter – 3mm

Full Spectrum Laser H-Series 20 x 12

  • The laser cutter accepts vector graphics files in file types .xps and .bmp.
  • Users must bring in their own materials.
  • Acceptable materials: Acrylic, UHMW/HDPE, delrin, mylar, hard and soft woods of any natural wood species, other wood based products including MDF and paper, anodized aluminum, steel, plain carbon steel, low odor rubber, silicone, vulcanized rubber, denim, leather, marble, granite, ceramic tile, agate, glass
  • UNACCEPTABLE MATERIALS: NEVER engrave or cut any material containing PVC, vinyl, or polycarbonates as these materials can give off hazardous fumes when in contact with the laser
  • Maximum size: Cutting area is 20” x 12”.
  • If monitors cannot determine what material it is, it cannot be used with the equipment.


  • The Carvey accepts vector graphics files in file types .svg and G code
  • Users can imports these file types into Easel, the free, web-based software used to connect to the Carvey. Users can create a free account online at
  • Users must bring in their own materials.
  • Users can buy from, or bring in a flat piece of material that is acceptable.
  • Acceptable materials: ABS, acrylic, HDPE, hard and soft woods of any natural wood species, aluminum, corian, FR1 machinable circuit board blanks, delrin, expanded PVC, machinable foam, machinable wax
  • Maximum size: 11.7” x 8” x 2.5”.
  • If monitors cannot determine what material it is, it cannot be used with the equipment.

Brother PE770 Embroidery Machine

  • Users can bring their own fabric or thread.
  • To use the embroidery machine, users must also bring a stabilizer material in addition to the fabric they wish to embroider.
  • Users can bring their own designs preloaded on a flash drive or SD card. Must be a .pes file for the Brother PE770 to read it.

Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine

  • Users can bring their own fabric or thread.

We have several computers available in the iLab that patrons can use to work on designing their projects.

All of these computers are equipped with the following software (coming soon):

  • CorelDRAW
  • Adobe Creative Suite (includes Photoshop, Illustrator)

iLab computers are to be used for iLab projects only. Monitors may ask people to relocate to the Internet Commons if they are not using the computers for iLab projects.