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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.

Call us at 213-228-7150 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.

Please take a minute to fill out our survey about the Lab and enter yourself into an opportunity drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the Library Store. Survey is open until 10/31.

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.

3D printed cat stamp

3D Printers

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