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Welcome to The Hive!
The Hive is a DIY-space located on the library's first floor stocked with equipment and tools designed to hone skills, discover passions and inspire creativity.

This room is defined by the user and we invite you to become a Certified Maker!



iMac 27" 5.86 GB RAM OS X with Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe Creative Cloud
on iMac & Dell

Dell Optiplex 9030 Intel
Core i5 8 GB RAM Windows All-in-One with Windows 10,
Adobe Creative Cloud
& VHS to DVD Conversion

SNAP20 - 20 Megapixels Photos and 35mm Slides & Negative Film to Digital Image Converter
Digital Image Converter
(20 Megapixels Photos and 35mm Slides & Negative Film)


Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine

Brother HC1850 Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine with 130 Built-in Stitches, 9 Presser Feet, Sewing Font, Wide Table

Brother Sewing & Quilting Machine

Save time with hems, seams and seam finishing. Creative stitch options and fabric combinations can expand your creativity.Sewing at 1,300 stitches per minute while trimming and overcasting, you will zip through projects in no time.Decorative flatlocking and easy rolled hems add a finishing touch to garments, home décor projects and more.An adjustable cutting width, stitch length control, self-adjusting tension system and color-coded threading allow for creative freedom and easy set-up!

Singer 5-4-3-2 Thread Serger

Bernina Bernette Chicago 7 quilting & embroidery machine

Bernina Bernette Chicago 7 Quilting & Embroidery machine

Cricut Cuttlebug Machine
Cricut Cuttlebug Machine

Logan Elite 450-1 Artist Mat Cutter

Mat Cutter for Framing, Art, and Design or Creative Signage Projects

Visit the Hive by tour request or become a Certified Maker!*

*All users must present their Waterloo Public Library library card to use The Hive. All attendees of Hive workshops must sign a Guest Waiver.

Patrons who wish to reserve a Hive station for personal use during unstaffed hours must become Certified Makers. To become a Certified Maker, watch our short video and take the quiz. (You must enroll first with your email address.) Certified Makers must also sign the library's Waiver & Indemnity form at the service desk. To become a Certified Maker, click here.


The Hive

Make it @ The Hive!

Certified Makers may book stations to use at The Hive! See button at the top of this page to "Become a Certified Maker!"

Certified Makers are able to reserve the station they would like to use during unstaffed hours by reserving DIY Hive Time on the station of their choice. See button at the top of this page to "Reserve DIY Hive Time."


DIY Hive Time Stations:

  • VHS to DVD Converter & Dell Optiplex Computer with Adobe Creative Suite

  • iMac with Adobe Creative Suite

  • SNAP20 Digital Image Converter

  • Bernina quilting & embroidery machine

  • Brother sewing machine

  • Singer 5-4-3-2 thread serger

  • Cricut Explore Air cutting machine 

  • Flex Stations - We offer six of these.

-Make jewelry, craft with paper, paint using table-top easels, work on your own DIY projects

-A second Brother sewing machine may be pulled from storage for use at a Flex station.