LAPL Labs: Creativity Within Reach

Octavia Lab logo

The Octavia Lab, named after the award-winning science fiction author Octavia E. Butler, is a do-it-yourself makerspace located inside the Los Angeles Public Library's historic Central Library. Octavia Lab provides library cardholders free and unlimited access to state-of-the-art design, fabrication, preservation, and story-telling technologies.

Open hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday: 1 - 5 p.m.

  • Wednesday & Thursday: 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunday and city holidays: Closed

Location and Parking Information

The Octavia Lab is located in the Central Library (630 W. 5th Street, 90071) on Lower Level 2 across from the Science, Technology and Patents Department.

Information about parking and accessibility.

Become an Octavia Lab Member

To use the Lab, you must first become a member of the lab, which requires a library card in good standing, photo ID, and a signed user agreement. Lab applications must be filled out and submitted in person during lab hours.


Please call the Octavia Lab at 213-228-7150 if you would like to set up a reservation or have any questions.

As a reminder, equipment reservations are only accepted by phone or in person, not by email

Lab tours are available during our hours of operation, and do not require a reservation.

E-mail us with any questions at

Class Visits and Field Trips to Octavia Lab

If you are interested in scheduling a class visit or field trip please contact Lauren Kratz at

Octavia Lab Equipment

Octavia Lab software, equipment, and tools are available to use inside the Octavia Lab. Lab members must provide their ID and library card to sign in for each visit.

  • 3D printing
  • CNC mill
  • Green screen & buff screen backdrops 
  • Laser cutter
  • PC & Apple access to Adobe Creative Cloud, MakerBot Print, Silhouette Studio
  • PC access to SewArt, Solidworks 2019
  • Poster printing
  • Sewing machines, serger, & computerized embroidery machine
  • Silhouette (computerized cutting machine)



Lab Updates

Learn about ways the lab is pitching in to create face shields for medical professionals.

black-and-white illustration of Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler

Octavia Lab honors Octavia Butler, a bestselling author and acclaimed pioneer of science fiction who broke ground in the male-dominated genre.

Latest Blog Posts

Octavia E. Butler birthday sign on the door of the Octavia Lab
Lauren Kratz, Librarian III

Octavia E. Butler was a science fiction author who had a very close connection to the Los Angeles Public Library and made an impact on our...

coloring page from the Hidden Heroes coloring book
Andrea Borchert, Librarian

Narratives attached to events in LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) history like the Stonewall riots and...

4 face shields made in the library

The Octavia Lab team realized that there was a global shortage of PPE and following the ethos of the lab namesake, Octavia E. Butler, our team...