The Mobile Public Library has 3D printers available to patrons. These printers can be used to make three-dimensional objects using plastic filament. Printers are located at the Ben May Main Library, the West Regional Library and the Moorer/Spring Hill Branch. The 3D printing service is available to all ages.
The library’s 3D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. Patrons will not be permitted to use the library’s 3D printers to create objects that are:
The library reserves the right to decline any 3D print request.
Although a library card is not required, patrons with a library card must have an OK status, meaning no outstanding charges, and have personal information up to date.
Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, obscene or an immediate threat to the welfare of others.
In violation of another’s intellectual property rights, i.e. the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
- The library will charge 20 cents for every gram of filament used. The amount of projected filament use will be determined prior to printing. Upon completion of print, the patron’s library account will be billed for the 3D print. A guest billing account will be used for those without library cards.
Patrons will have 14 days to retrieve items printed from the library 3D printers. Objects that are not picked up within that time period will become property of the library.
Only designated library staff and volunteers will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.
Facilitation of the printing process by library staff does not constitute knowledge of any intended final use of the 3D printed product.