The Library's 3D printing service is available to patrons to make three-dimensional objects using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.

Patrons are not permitted to use the Library's 3D printer to create objects which are:

  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or pose a threat to the well-being of others.
  • In violation of the terms of use of the manufacturer of the 3D printer.
  • Obscene or inappropriate for the Library environment.
  • In violation of a person’s intellectual property rights, e.g., a 3D printer may not be used to reproduce objects which are protected by a copyright, patent or trademark.

The Library reserves the right to review and approve all materials before printing. The 3D design may be examined to ensure compliance with this Policy and is capable of production.  If there is a problem with the design and/or production, the patron will be informed of the problem(s) and the change(s) needed before the design can be printed.

In addition, the Library reserves all rights to:

  • Refuse any 3D print request.
  • Stop printing a request due to time or printer capabilities.
  • Limit the number of print requests.
  • Charge users for print requests.
  • Limit access to 3D printing services to Algonquin Area Public Library District cardholders.

Patrons may use the 3D printer only with the assistance of designated Library staff and volunteers.