Central Rappahannock Regional Library is dedicated to providing enriching educational opportunities for our community.

Our MakerLabs are STEM exploration spaces for customers of all ages to enjoy hands-on learning with a variety of high and low-tech equipment and activities. Thanks to a generous partnership with the University of Mary Washington, library staff, volunteers and university students teach customers of all ages about aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through demonstrations and hands-on activities, including a 3-D printer, paper rocket launcher, robot arms, Ozobots, and much more. There are usually 2-3 activities available during any given MakerLab session.

If you have any questions about the MakerLabs or would like to schedule a group visit, please contact Joy McIntire, Branch Services Coordinator, at

Locations and Hours of MakerLabs

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Fredericksburg Branch, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30
1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
Canceled: December 25 & 27, January 1

Howell Branch, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30
806 Lyons Boulevard, Stafford, Virginia 22406
Canceled: December 24 & 31, January 21, February 18

Porter Branch, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30
2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford, Virginia 22554
Canceled: December 25 & 27, January 1 & 3

Salem Church Branch, Fridays 3:30-5:30, Saturdays, 10:00-12:00
2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407
Canceled: December 22 & 29, January 19, February 16

NEW! Mobile MakerLabs

Towne Centre Branch, Fridays, 5:00-7:00
390 Spotsylvania Mall, Fredericksburg Virginia 22407
Canceled: December 28

Fried Center, 1st Saturdays, 2:00-4:00, starting January 5
124 Old Potomac Church Road, Stafford Virginia 22554

Equipment and Software

Available in all the labs are the 3-D Printer, Makey Makey, Robot arms, Littlebits, Ozbots, Snap circuits, paper rocket launchers, and Legos. Additional equipment varies from branch to branch.

MakerLab Badging

Apply for a MakerLab badge here.

3D printer badge

  • Learn hands-on how to use the 3D printer in training sessions offered at the FredericksburgHowell, Porter, and Salem Church branches.
  • The 3D printer badge requires a minimum of 4 hours of training and successful completion of Levels 1-2. Training sessions are two hours in length.
  • Grade 6-Adult.

Drawing Tablet badge 

Sewing Machine badge

NEW! 3D Scanner badge

Earning these badges allows you to reserve the drawing tablet, sewing machine, 3D printer, or 3D scanner to build your own projects in the MakerLab. In exchange for use of the machine in the lab, you agree to also share information about your project with curious customers.