We got lots of questions about The Maker Spot. Most of them are related to the process to use equipment or just what a new user needs to do to get started in the space. While our staff know this process, it’s not really documented in detail for our patrons. Not only will we outline what you need to do the first time you visit The Maker Spot in this post but we will also explain how you get qualified to use equipment.
On Your First Visit
1. Take a Tour
The first thing you’ll want to do when you walk into the space is to take a quick tour around with one of our staff to get an idea of where everything is located.
2. Get Your Paperwork Done
If you want to take a class, check-out kits or a laptop or use equipment in the space you will have to sign our liability waiver. Bonus points if you download the waiver from our website and bring it already completed.
You will also need to have a North Richland Hills Library card. If you don’t have one, you will just need to take a quick trip down to the Circulation Desk on the first floor to get one. It’s quick, easy and free for anyone who lives in Texas. You can read more about getting a library card on the library’s website.
Once you have a library card and you have your waiver signed, see a member of staff. They will make a note in your library record that you have brought in a signed waiver so that you never have to sign one again.
3. Ask Questions
The Maker Spot is a big place with tons of resources available. Please make sure to ask our staff about any training, age or check-out restrictions for any of our equipment, tools or kits and inquire about the software that is loaded onto our computers and what you can do with it.
4. Sign Up for a Class
You can ask our staff to help you sign up for a class while you are in the space! They will guide you to a class that you may be interested in and help you register. After you take a class for any equipment that requires training, library staff will make a note in your record that you received training for that equipment.
The first time you come in to use equipment after your training you will be required to answer a few simple questions about the equipment that will help us determine if you retained the info from the class. Providing that you pass, library staff will then indicate in your library record that you are free to use the equipment. Please note that registration for classes is limited. Scheduled classes will always be added to our events calendar about a week before the beginning of a new month and registration for all classes in a month will open on the first weekday of the month at 9:00 a.m.
We hope that all of this information helps you to better understand what your first visit to The Maker Spot will be like. If you haven’t already made your first visit, maybe now is the time! Check out our hours of operation at the bottom of this page to plan your next visit.