Laser Cutting & Etching Policy

Make an Appointment to use the Laser Cutter & Etcher at the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library

I.  The laser cutter/etcher is available to all ages.

a. The laser cutter/etcher is available for use free of charge.

b. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

II. Scheduling and Submitting

a. Customers are expected to take a free laser cutter/etcher orientation prior to use. Customers may register by contacting Staff on the second floor. The first reservation will include an additional hands-on training.

b. Customers must schedule time with library staff, limited to one hour per reservation, one reservation per day. Available times are limited by Staff and classroom schedules.

c. Customers must remain at the laser while it is in operation. The laser must not be left unattended while in use.

d. Priority is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to library programs and activities.

e. Customers may reserve only one hour of machine time. However, as the schedule allows, time may be extended based on the availability of equipment and Lab Staff.

f. No reservations will be scheduled or jobs started less than thirty minutes prior to closing.

III. Materials

a. Customers will provide their own materials. A limited selection of suitable materials may be available for purchase through the Friends of Freeman Library.

b. A list of approved materials is available through the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab. All material used in the laser cutter/etcher must be approved by Lab Staff.

c. To protect customer and machine safety, PVC or chloride-containing materials are specifically prohibited.

d. Material costs are not reimbursed under any circumstances. The Library is not responsible for failed jobs or material damaged by the laser cutter.

IV. Restrictions

a. The Library’s laser cutter may be used only for lawful purposes. Users will not be permitted to use the laser cutter to create material that is:

i. Prohibited by local, state or federal law;

ii. Unsafe, harmful, dangerous, poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others, or is otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment; or

iii. In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, the laser cutter will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.

b. The Library reserves the right to refuse any laser cutter request.

c. Supervision of the use of the laser cutter by Library Staff does not constitute knowledge, or acknowledgment, of any unapparent final use of the fabricated product, and the Library specifically disclaims any knowledge thereof.

d. Abuse of the laser cutter may result in the loss of use privileges.