Access & policies

Makerspace Access

The UTSC Library Makerspace is available to UTSC staff, faculty, and students.
To gain access to the Makerspace and its equipment, a one-time Makerspace Orientation session and Knowledge Test on the features of the space must first be attended and completed. Once completed, access to the online booking calendar is granted, and the space accessible by TCard during open Makerspace hours.
Makerspace Orientations take place inside of the library, in AC286A - the Library Instruction Lab. Sign up for the sessions via the UTSC Intranet:
  • Log into the Intranet with a UTORid and password
  • From the Home page, under ‘Sign up | RSVP Events’ use the search box to type “Makerspace”
  • Choose the desired orientation date and time, and click on it
  • Click on the green "Sign Up" button to reserve a spot
After a Makerspace Orientation and Knowledge Test has been completed, users will be able to book Makerspace equipment online via the UTSC Intranet:
  • Log into the Intranet with a UTORid and password
  • From the Home page, under Quick Links select "Makerspace Resources"
  • Click on "book" under the desired equipment, during the desired timeslot

Makerspace Policies:

Should a booking need to be cancelled, please log into the Intranet and delete it. The "no-show" policy is in effect for missed bookings.
Bookings are held for 15 minutes; afterwhich, are declared a "no-show" and will be deleted to allow other students access to the equipment. If running late, please call the Makerspace at 416-287-7486 to alert staff not to delete a booking, or email the Makerspace at
Be advised that after three no-shows by one user, Makerspace privileges will be revoked. To regain privileges, reattendance at a Makerspace Orientation is mandatory.
Bookings are a maximum of 3 hours per day per booking, with the exception of overnight 3D printing: for overnights, please book at minimum the last hour of the day.
Multiple items are allowed to be booked at one time (for example, a whiteboard as well as group work table), with the exception of the 3D printers; access to only one 3D printer at a time is permitted.
Rather than booking via the Intranet, the Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Lego kits are available to be signed out with a TCard and can be taken home.
Media equipment must be booked via the Makerspace e-mail and picked up / dropped off during Makerspace open hours.

Rules of Conduct:

1) The worktables are intended for creative, collaborative work - they may not be used for solo study
2) Snacks and drinks with closed lids are allowed - no aromatic or messy foods, please
3) While collaboration is encouraged, noise must remain at normal levels so as not to disturb others

3D Printing Safety Rules:

It's important to remember that the 3D printer generates high temperatures and includes moving parts that could cause injury. Do not reach into the printer while it is in operation. A few other things to keep in mind while 3D printing:
1) Tie back long hair / secure any hanging jewlery
2) Tuck in loose clothing / roll up sleeves
3) Do not touch the extruder nozzle - it is very hot
4) When removing your object from the build plate, aim the scraping tool away from you
5) The FlashForge Creator Pro build plate requires 15 minutes of cooling time before a print is removed - the build plate is very hot

3D Printing Policies:

1) As of Winter 2020, 3D printing will cost $2.00 per hour, $0.50 for 15 minutes
2) Payment will be received before printing by debit / credit only
3) Users may not bring in their own filament
4) It is mandatory to remain present during your entire print job
5) The print job must not exceed the time booked (3 hrs max per day)
6) To book an overnight (8 hrs max), users must book minimum the last hour of the day and remain present until close
7) The creation of any weapons, explosives, obscene materials or any object that may be dangerous or offensive to others is strictly prohibited

Intellectual Property:

Intellectual property laws in Canada govern the reproduction of material. When it comes to 3D printing, it's important to be aware of what can and cannot legally be reproduced. 
There are 4 areas of intellectual property governed by law: