300 W. Merrill St. Birmingham, MI 48009 | (248) 647-1700

Idea Lab

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The Idea Lab is open for use. We are currently taking appointments by phone or email. If you’d like to use any of the lab equipment, call 248-554-4659, or send an email to idealab@baldwinlib.org. Scroll down to see our hours of operation.

Format Conversion now available

We are now accepting various forms of analog media for conversion to digital formats.

Currently accepted formats are:
•Video Cassettes (VHS, VHS-C, 8mm/Hi8/Digital8, DV and MiniDV)
•Audio Cassettes
•Vinyl Records, LPs, etc. (33/45/78)
•1/4″ Reel-to-reel audio tape
•Film Slides (35mm, 110, 126, 127, and odd sizes)
•Film Negatives
•8mm and Super 8mm motion picture film

And we are also able to extract data from older digital formats including 3.5″ and 5.25″ floppy disks, Zip disks, Jaz disks, etc., and convert their contents to formats compatible with modern computers.

Contact us via email or phone if you would like to have materials converted.

  3D Printing Now Available

 Submit your 3D models, we will print them out, and you can pick them up using our Curbside Pickup service, or by retrieving them from our Grab-and-Go area. For more information, see our 3D Printing section below.

 Upcoming Programs


Wednesday, June 29th at 7:00pm

Join Jeff on Instagram Live for the next episode in our “Idea Lab: THINGS” series! In each episode, Jeff will discuss and demonstrate a variety of interesting and useful 3D-printable or Laser-cuttable models that fall under a particular category. Our Next episode is: KITCHEN THINGS.


Monday, July 18th

Beat the summer heat with a high-tech bladeless fan kit. Made from 3D printed parts, this ingenious fan uses the Coandă effect to produce tremendous airflow and keep your room nice and breezy. Registration required. Limit one per household. Registration required. Limit one word per person.Click Here to Register


Location - View Map

300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours

Monday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Holiday Closures

Monday, July 4 - All Day: Independence Day
Saturday, September 3 through
Monday, September 5: Labor Day Weekend

3D Printing

The Idea Lab provides 3D printing services to you! If you have something you would like 3D printed, simply provide us with your 3D model files, and some information about what you’re printing. Your print will be added to the queue, and we will contact you to come and pick it up when it is done!

If you are unable to submit your request through this form please contact the Idea Lab for assistance.

There is currently no charge for 3D printing.

Per our User Agreement BPL reserves the right to halt, delete or disallow the creation of items that violate Library policy, including the creation of weapons and illegal items; and to manage the 3D print queue to best accommodate demand from the Lab’s many users.    


Contact Us

Email: idealab@baldwinlib.org

Phone: (248) 554-4659


 Materials List


We most commonly print using PLA, but we can print using just about any commercially available filament. Including:

  • PLA – Polylactic acid
  • PETG – Polyethylene terepthalate, glycol-modified 
  • TPU (Flexible) – Thermoplastic polyurethane
  • ABS – Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
  • ASA – Acrylonitrile styrene acrylate
  • PEEK – PolyEtherEtherKetone
  • HIPS – High impact polystyrene
  • NYLON – FDM Polyamides
  • and more!

For more information on 3D Printer filament types:  Click here for a helpful article comparing all currently marketed filament varieties.

    Hours of Operation

    Operating hours, 6/21 to 6/28

    Monday, 5pm to 9pm

    Tuesday, 5pm to 9pm

    Wednesday, 5pm to 9pm

    Thursday, 5am to 9pm

    Friday, CLOSED

    Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm

    Sunday, 12pm to 5pm

    Hours are subject to change. Please call prior to your visit.

    Normal Operating Hours:

    Monday, 9:30am to 9pm

    Tuesday, 4pm to 9pm

    Wednesday, 12pm to 9pm

    Thursday, 9:30am to 9pm

    Friday, 9:30am to 5:30pm

    Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm

    Sunday, 12pm to 5pm

    Hours subject to change. Please call prior to your visit.



    Free Two-Hour Parking in Chester Street Deck

    Metered street parking around Library

    Free Parking on Sundays



    300 W. Merrill St.
    Birmingham, MI 48009

    Library Hours:

    Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

    Holiday Closures:

    Monday, July 4 - All Day: Independence Day

    Saturday, September 3 - All Day: Labor Day Weekend

    Sunday, September 4 - All Day: Labor Day Weekend

    Monday, September 5 - All Day: Labor Day

    Baldwin Library Idea Lab


    Explore. Tinker. And learn! The Idea Lab is our newest space where big ideas come to life and where people of all ages and tech levels are welcome. Drop in or sign up for a skill- or project-based class or make an appointment today to learn how to use our 3D printer or laser engraver. We also have a variety of tools available, including an embroidery machine, soldering equipment, design software, and more.

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