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About ideaLAB


What is the ideaLAB?

The SM Energy ideaLAB is a digital media lab for teens at the Central Library. With our equipment and software, you can make videos, games, music, art, and more. The lab is free to any teenagers ages 12 to 19 – no library card necessary!

When is the ideaLAB open?

The SM Energy ideaLAB is open year-round, Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. Adult and family hours.

Where is the ideaLAB?

We are in the Community Technology Center at the Central Library, on the southwest end of level 4. Take the elevators up and walk into the computer lab. Head towards, and then past the Ask Desk - look for our big glass door behind the stacks of computer books.

What's available in the ideaLAB?

3D Printing: Information about 3D printing including how you can get your file printed by the SM Energy ideaLAB.

Recording Studio: Please see our FAQ on available tools and software or book a reservation online.


  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Encore
  • Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Flash Professional
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop Extended
  • Adobe Premier Professional
  • Anime Studio Debut
  • AutoDesk Sketchbook Express
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Blender
  • Brackets
  • Cakewalk Sonar X1
  • Comic Life Deluxe
  • Construct 2
  • Corel Painter Essentials
  • FL Studio Producer Edition
  • Gamemaker Studio
  • GameSalad
  • GarageBand
  • GIMP
  • iMovie
  • Inkscape
  • iPhoto
  • Linux Multimedia Studio
  • Makerware
  • Manga Studio Debut
  • Notepad++
  • Printrun
  • Scratch
  • SketchUp
  • Slic3r
  • Stencyl Game Creator
  • TextWrangler
  • Unity
  • Virtual DJ


  • 2 iMacs, 4 PCs, 1 Linux machine
  • Lulzbot TAZ 4 3D printer
  • Makerbot Replicator (5th Generation) 3D printer
  • Sewing machine
  • USB microphones
  • Wacom Bamboo Create tablet
  • M-Audio KeyRig 49 Keyboard
  • Headphones
  • Color Scanner
  • Lighting Kit
  • Portable green screen
  • Digital cameras
  • 1 GoPro camera (also available for checkout)
  • Sony HD Minicam
  • Tripods
  • Condenser microphones
  • Mixer
  • Squier Standard Stratocaster electric guitar
  • Hercules DJ Controller
  • Color printer
  • Electronics toolkit (solderer, stand, breadboard, etc.)
  • Arduino starter pack
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Lego Mindstorms
  • LittleBits
  • Paint, canvases, brushes