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The Studio


studio_logoThe Studio, our makerspace, is a collaborative place that encourages creative exploration, design, and building, using a variety of technology and equipment.

Our collection of equipment and tools has been carefully selected by our staff based on research and feedback from a survey shared with all Library cardholders.

The Studio is generously sponsored by the Bruce A. Michel Trust.



The Studio is open.  

An orientation is required to use the space.

Click here to see orientation and program times.  

Can't make one of the scheduled orientation times? Email us for more options.

To make a reservation for The Studio, call 847-720-3230 or fill out this form.


The Studio is located on the second floor, near the Reference Desk and patron copiers. The Studio and its equipment are available to Park Ridge Public Library cardholders only.

Click here to see a complete copy of The Studio policies.

Questions? Check out our FAQ or email us at

Studio Equipment

  Equipment Name Guides  Resources Official Website
cameo_4 Silhouette Cameo 4

User Guide

Silhouette 101

Download Software

Other Silhouette Resources


Silhouette America

cricut_3 Cricut Maker 3

User Guide

Cricut 101

Download Software

Other Cricut Resources


Ellison Ellison Die Cut

Instructions for Use

User Guide

List of available dies Ellison
Xyron Xyron Creative Station User Guide   Xyron

Janome Magnolia 7330

Sewing Machine

User Guide

User Manual

Youtube Guides

Ball_Winder_and_Swift_Combo__3__86160.1543861285 Yarn Winder and Swift

User Guide

Youtube Guides

  Stanwood Needlecraft

Heat Press

(For use with library staff only)

User Guide

User Manual

Cricut_Easypress Cricut Easy Press

User Guide

Easy Press Heat Guide



Epilog Legend Mini 24 60W Laser Cutter

(For use with library staff only)

User Guide User Manual Epilog Laser



You can now access Creativebug, free of charge, using your Park Ridge Public Library card! Creativebug offers over 1000 award-winning art and craft video classes taught by top designers and artists. New videos are added every day.

Some of the classes offered include:




Papercraft (book binding, cards, collage & decoupage)

Cake Decorating

Canning & Preserving

Click here to see a tutorial for setting up your account and using the Creativebug website.