Lou Duggan Creative Studio

Halifax Central Library’s Lou Duggan Creative Studio is a public makerspace where people are invited to Learn, Discover, Create, and Share (see what we did there?).

In January 2020, the Lou Duggan Creative Studio officially opened, honouring the memory of its namesake, Lou Duggan.


About the space

Located on the 2nd Floor of Central Library, the Lou Duggan Creative Studio is a wide-open, flexible space filled with state-of-the art technology and creative equipment, available to all. The Studio's full-length windows face the intersection of Queen Street and Spring Garden Road.

The Lou Duggan Creative Studio frequently hosts programs for all ages and interests. From our Creative Studio DIYs (an open studio time for you to work on your own projects) to workshops that teach specific skills, we’ve got your making needs covered.   


Equipment and supplies

View our inventory list by activity below—we'll keep it updated as new tools are added.

3D Printing

  • 1 Prusa 3D Printer
  • 1 Jellybox 3D Printer
  • PLA (PolyLacic Acid) in a variety of colours
  • Laptops to access Thingiverse and Tinkercad

Art Supplies

  • Drawing pencils and pens
  • Pencil crayons
  • Pastels
  • Watercolour paints & pencil crayons
  • Variety of papers

Craft & Jewellery

  • Beads
  • Jewellery tools
  • Junk Journal materials
  • Scrapbooking materials
  • Stamp Carving materials

Cricut

  • 1 Cricut Maker
  • 1 Cricut Explore Family
  • 1 Cricut Joy
  • Materials: cutting mats, weeding tools, non-permanent vinyl for stickers, paper, HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) for iron-ons

Fibre Arts Supplies

  • Crochet
  • Cross Stitch
  • Embroidery
  • Felting
  • Hand Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Macramé
  • Mini Mending Looms

Food & Gardening

  • Aeroponic tower garden
  • Fully stocked kitchen for cooking programs (not available during regular programming)

Machine Sewing

  • Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machines
  • Serger (Brother Model 3545 DT)
  • Embroidery Machine (Brother SE 600)
  • Scrap fabric
  • Sewing & Mending supplies

Technology

  • iPads
  • Laptops
  • Typewriter

Let's create

Improve your skills and get inspired! 

Lou Duggan Creative Studio Programs

We host regular drop-in programs, and a variety of craft and technology, and cooking workshops each month. Join us!

Kids' Corner

We offer regular programs just for kids, ages 7-12! Check out Creation Station & Full STEAM Ahead. Registration opens 2 weeks in advance and they fill up fast.

LinkedIn Learning

With your library card, you have access to more than 4,000 video tutorials taught by industry experts on LinkedIn Learning. This is a great way to learn about 3D printing, fashion design, starting a small business, branding, marketing, and more.

Explore all Things Art & Craft
Visit our Art & Craft portal page for upcoming Library events, curated reading lists filled with craft books, and blogs from the Library's most creative minds.


Share with us

We'll be sharing community DIYs on our social channels and here in our gallery, and hope to see a colourful mosaic of creativity! Tag us @hfxpublib and use #LouDugganCreativeStudio.

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