C-Tech User Guidelines

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image of CTECH make banner SMALLRichardson Public Library offers a dedicated space for tinkering, learning, interacting, and creating with programming, web design, 3D printing, digital photography and art, electronics, and more.  Richardson Public Library card holders in good standing with no fines are able to use this technology to learn new skills, expand their creativity and technological literacy, and to explore areas for innovation.  Internet-only and TexShare cards are not acceptable.

 C-Tech @ RPL is a technology makerspace on the 2nd floor of the Richardson Public Library.  The space is available for use by individuals and small groups up to 10.  The C-Tech space contains various hardware options and specialized software for design and creative use as well as electronic components and 3D printing options.

 C-Tech @ RPL is open to patrons ages 13 – adult.  Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Some equipment in C-Tech uses extreme heat, low electrical voltage, and other slight risks.  Customers assume all responsibility for any risks associated with use of the technology within the C-Tech area.

 C-Tech @ RPL will maintain the same operating hours as Richardson Public Library.  Technology is available on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of two hours if a waiting list forms.  Users will be notified verbally when a waiting list begins.

 Makerspaces such as C-Tech @ RPL, are environments intended for learning, sharing, cooperating, and creating.  As such, they are inherently active environments and there is no guarantee of quiet.  However, excessively boisterous behavior or activities are prohibited by the Richardson Public Library Rules of Conduct.

Willful misuse of C-Tech equipment will result in loss of use privileges for the individual and charges for damages.  All equipment and materials must remain within the C-Tech area on the 2nd floor.

 Computers within C-Tech are subject to the Computer Use and Internet Use policies.  No user files will be retained on C-Tech computers after they reboot.  Customers must save their work to a flash drive or cloud based storage to ensure retention.  Individuals should not attempt to circumvent computer security.  Some computer functionality may be limited or non-accessible due to security concerns.

Library staff will provide tips and direct customers to self-training, but will not be available for intensive or personalized instruction on equipment.  Customers are responsible for the safe and correct use of equipment.  Customers interested in using 3D printing technology should read the notices regarding rules of use and instruction.

The 3D printer cannot be used for creating any of the following:

  • Items in violation of local, state, or federal law.
  • Functioning weapons.
  • Offensive, obscene, or racist objects.  Objects must be appropriate for a public library setting.
  • Items that violate patent, copyright, trademark, or otherwise infringe upon the intellectual property of others.

The library reserves the right to refuse to print any object.  There will be a fee charged for printed items based on the finished weight of the object, 10 cents per gram with $1.00 minimum.  Only library staff or designated volunteers are allowed to operate the 3D printer.  Items will be printed on a first-come, first-served basis.  As such, customers will likely be required to return to the library to pick up their items.

Food, drinks and the use of tobacco or smoking devices are not allowed in the C-Tech area. Individuals using the C-Tech area must leave the room in its original condition, removing personal equipment and supplies at the end of use. The library will not be held responsible for any property left after the conclusion of any session.

Equipment available for use:

  • 2 DELL Laptops equipped with:
    • Adobe Creative Cloud
    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • Arduino
  • 2 Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch Medium tablets (for use with Adobe Creative Cloud)
  • 2 CanoScan 9000F Mark II Color Image Scanners
  • 3D Printer
  • Introductory Arduino Kits
  • LittleBits Kits
  • Wireless Wi-Fi printing
  • Public Wi-Fi access