Co-Lab

The Collaborative Laboratory (Co-Lab) is on the second floor of Cedar Falls Public Library. Completed in early 2019, the Co-Lab will host classes and be a space that registered users can reserve for individual or group use. To learn more about becoming a registered user and reserving the Co-Lab, please read our >Co-Lab Policy.

In order to use our Co-Lab, please complete a >Co-Lab User Agreement. User Agreements must be turned in at the Second Floor Reference Desk, where they may also be obtained; please bring your Cedar Falls Public Library card when turning in a User Agreement.

Those who have completed a Co-Lab User Agreement may reserve the Co-Lab. The >Co-Lab Reservation Form must be turned in at the Second Floor Reference Desk, where it may also be obtained.




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Classes in the Co-Lab

Card-Making Classes >Register Here
Greeting Card Classes: September 9 (6:30-8:00 pm) and September 12 (10:00-11:30 am)
Come and make three handmade cards for a variety of occasions such as birthday, thinking of you, and thank you. All supplies are provided. No prior cardmaking skills necessary. Techniques will include stamping, fun paper folds, die cuts or punches, and possibly coloring. >Registration required. Instructor: Holly Sutton of Handcrafted Blessings. Class size: 32. Age: 18+
Sponsored by Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library.

Holiday Card Classes: October 10 (10:00-11:30 am) and October 14 (6:30-8:00 pm)
Come and make three handmade holiday cards. All supplies are provided. No prior cardmaking skills necessary. Techniques will include stamping, fun paper folds, die cuts or punches, and possibly coloring. >Registration required. Instructor: Holly Sutton of Handcrafted Blessings. Class size: 32. Age: 18+
Sponsored by Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library.

Gift Bag and Tag-Making Class >Register Here
November 18 (6:30-8:00 pm) and November 21 (10:00-11:30 am)
Come and make a handmade gift bag and a few gift tags so you’ll be ready to package your holiday gifts in style.  Instructor Holly Sutton of Handcrafted Blessings will share with you the template to make more gift bags on your own.  All supplies will be provided. Class size: 32. Age: 18+
Sponsored by Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library.

Open Lab
Open Lab hours are coming soon! Starting in January 2020, library staff will host Open Lab hours in the Co-Lab, where registered Co-Lab users can learn about our equipment, get their questions answered, and try a new craft or two.

Complete Equipment Lists (*Coming Soon!)

Inside the Co-Lab:

  • Best Press starch
  • Bone folders
  • Button Maker (3″, 2.25″, and 1″ sizes available)
    • $0.10 per button
  • Clip on desk lights
  • Crayola colored pencils
  • Crayola crayons
  • Crayola markers
  • Cricut 12×24 mats
  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut tools & mats
  • Cricut washable fabric pen
  • Decorative scissors
  • Dry-erase marker kit
  • Electric pencil sharpener
  • Fussy cut templates
  • Gluesticks
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Kids scissors & caddy
  • Left-handed scissors
  • Paper trimmer (12″)
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Scissors
  • Self-healing rotary mat
  • Sewing Machines
  • Sharpies
  • Silicone craft mat
  • Stapler
  • Tape dispenser
  • Ultra fine Sharpies
  • Washer Stamper jewelry kit

Outside the Co-Lab:

  • Apple iMac
    • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Autodesk Maya
    • Blender
    • Sketchup Pro
  • Canon CanoScan 9000F Flatbed Scanner
  • MakerBot Replicator+ 3-D Printer
  • Microfilm Reader
  • VHS to DVD Conversion Station*
    • DVD-R discs available for $0.25; we recommend bringing your own storage
  • Windows 10 PC*
    • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Blender
    • Sketchup

Construction of the Co-Lab was made possible by generous donations from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association, the Cedar Falls Community Foundation, the Friends of Cedar Falls Public Library, and the City of Cedar Falls.