The Studio

The Studio is made possible by a generous gift given to the Library from the Staffileno Family, in order that the library create a space to honor the memory of Constance E. Staffileno. The Studio was created to embody Mrs. Staffileno’s love for art and art education, and to inspire generations of innovators and art enthusiasts. Located in the lower level of the Winnetka Library, The Studio features the latest technology and equipment, such as 3D printers, Adobe Creative Cloud software, embroidery machine, and a laser cutter-engraver.

Virtual or In Person Studio Appointments

Access to the Studio is available via appointment only. Virtual or in person Studio appointments are only available to Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District card holders.

How Does It Work?

VIRTUAL Appointment Guidelines

  • You must drop off your project materials approximately 30 minutes before your appointment, park in a curbside spot and call the phone number on the sign. Inform staff you have materials to drop off. Stay in your vehicle and staff will come to your parked car to accept your project materials.
  • You will be emailed a zoom meeting link 10 minutes before your appointment. The appointment will be conducted over zoom and where the staff screen share and have additional cameras on the equipment for you to view what it happening as we move through your project together
  • Your project materials will be sanitized as necessary, we cannot be held responsible for damage to your items in this process.
  • You may only drop off project materials for your current appointment, additional project materials will not be stored for later appointments.
  • We cannot accept other library items for return when dropping off your project materials, you may deposit books and DVDs in the book drop.
  • Appointments start and end on time, even if your project is not completed.
  • Once your project you can pick up your project inside the library by the main desk or schedule a Curbside Pickup to collect your project within two days of completion

IN PERSON Appointment Guidelines

  • Arrive on time to the Winnetka library and check in at the front desk at the time of your appointment; staff will escort you down to the Studio. We are unable to allow you in early.
  • If you need to cancel your appointment, please call us at 847-446-7220 or email at studio@winnetkalibrary.org
  • There is no eating or drinking during your appointment
  • You must wear a mask at all times.
  • Please maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and staff.

Make an Appointment

Click here to schedule your appointment or send an email studio@winnetkalibrary.org. Your library card number, correct contact information and project details are required.

  • We will respond in 2-3 days to discuss and set the time for your appointment. Additional information may be gathered at this time about how your project can be completed based on your idea, materials and equipment as necessary.
  • Appointments can be made up to 2 weeks in advance. We do not make day-of  appointments.
  • Limit of 1 appointment per day per person, and 2 appointments per week.
  • Your project must fit within your 60-minute appointment time.

If you have any questions or need to cancel your appointment email us at studio@winnetkalibrary.org.

Equipment & Tools

Limited equipment is available for use during your appointment:

  • Laser cutter
  • Embroidery machine
  • Sewing machine
  • Vinyl cutter
  • Creation stations

Bringing your own materials is always free, though staff must approve them before your appointment. If you use our materials, we add those costs to your library card as a fee. The library card owner must be present for your appointment or to purchase materials.

Please note: We are not accepting cash at this time. You can pay any fees online or at the self-check kiosks on the first floor of the Winnetka Library.

3D Printing Options

We are accepting 3D print requests from Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District cardholders. Maximum of 2 prints per household per week. Your file must be sent in via email to studio@winnetkalibrary.org. You may only have one file in the print queue at any time. Wait times will vary and we do not print on demand.

Once 3D prints are completed, patrons will be contacted, and the item requested will be available for pick-up from the Hold Shelf on the first floor of the library or via Curbside Pick-Up.

The Studio Guidelines & Waiver

The Studio users must have signed the usage agreement liability waiver. Anyone under age 18 must have the Minor Child document signed by a parent or guardian.

Liability Waiver

Minor Liability Waiver

At times, The Studio may not be appropriate for the very young due to the equipment in use and projects in progress. Please read the following General Guidelines for use of The Studio:

General Guidelines for use of Equipment and Tools in The Studio

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at studio@winnetkalibrary.org