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LAPL Labs: Creativity Within Reach


Octavia Lab logo

All you need in order to create a universe is a library and your imagination.

Octavia Lab in Central Library is our new do-it-yourself maker space and audiovisual studio, located in LL2.

Use of lab equipment requires an in-person lab application. Call us at 213-228-7150 for more information or to reserve a computer, equipment, or studio. Email us at for more information about the Lab.

For group visits of the Octavia Lab for teens or kids of more than 10 people, please contact Children's Literature at 213-228-7250 or Teen'Scape (the teen department) at 213-228-7290 to make the arrangements.

For adult group visits of the Octavia Lab, please contact the Lab at 213-228-7150.

Lab Hours

  • Mondays 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays 1 - 5 p.m.


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.


Octavia Lab FAQ

Learn more about the lab, what you can make in the lab, and how to become a member.

Amanda's head floating in Iceland

Green Screen Magic

Be truly green, save time, money, and resources by traveling via green screen.