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Niagara Falls Public Library

Creator Space

The Sir Harry Oakes Room, formerly housing the Local History collection, has been transformed into a versatile Creator Space.

Using the Space

Our Creator Space is free to use with your Niagara Falls library card. If you are comfortable with the equipment we have for you to use, you are welcome to book the space to use on your own.

Please note, that if you have questions about the equipment, staff may not be able to assist you.

Appointments

If you're new to the equipment in the Creator Space or need some extra help, book an appointment so a staff member can assist you.

Drop-In times!

Looking to explore the room and ask our staff a couple of basic questions about the equipment? Come by during our drop in hours where a staff member is always present. More than one customer is allowed in during the drop in hours.

Drop-In Hours:

Wednesdays 12 pm - 2 pm
Fridays 9 am - 11 am

Below is more information about the available equipment and services, along with guides for getting started and relevant learning resources.


Textile Arts

Clothing design? Costume ideas? Repairs? T-shirts for your trivia team? We have what you need to tackle any DIY fabric project. Tools and machines include:

Available Textile Arts Equipment

Audio & Video Recording

We have a full editing workstation centered around a 27” Apple iMac and a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 audio interface to handle all connection needs, as well as the following software:

Audio Recording Hardware

Akai MPK Mini MkIII
Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit

Available hardware includes: studio monitors, vocal microphones (a Shure SM7B and AudioTechnica AT2035), extra microphones for sound reinforcement, an analog mixer, pop filters, acoustic treatment, sound shields, an electric guitar and amp, an acoustic guitar, assorted smaller instruments, music stands, tablet mounts, along with:

  • Numark Mixtrack Pro FX (DJ controller)
  • Akai MPK Mini MkIII (MIDI controller with keys, pads, DAW control)
  • Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit (e-drums)
  • Yamaha R-115 (digital piano with hammer-action keys and MIDI-out)

Video recording tools include: a Canon Vixia HF G20 (video camera), an HD capture card for streaming, a stabilization gimbal for mobile devices, a tripod, directional lighting, a wall-height greenscreen, and cables for almost every kind of connection.

Graphic Arts and 3D Design

We have a second editing workstation with a 27” Apple iMac and a Wacom Cintiq 16 drawing tablet and pen, and the following software:

Media Conversion

Our Memory Lab cart consists of a Windows PC with video, image, and editing software, as well as tools that provide the ability to digitize:

  • Print images and photographs
  • Slides as well as colour and black & white negatives on 110, 126, and 135mm cartridges
  • Audio cassettes, CDs, and DVDs.
  • Vinyl records
  • VHS and VHS-C
  • 8mm and Super8 film

Button Makers

We have tools and supplies for making 3”, 2 ¼”, and 1” pin-back buttons.

Here are templates for getting started making your own designs.

VR Headsets - Coming Soon!

You can look forward to trying out our fleet of Oculus Quest 2s when we return to normal service.