City Centre

Mon - Thu: 9:00 to 9:00 
Fri: 9:00 to 5:00 
Sat: 10:00 to 5:00 
Sun: 10:00
 to 5:00

*Closed Labour Day, Remembrance Day, 
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day


Mon - Thu: 9:00 to 9:00 
Fri: 9:00 to 5:00 
Sat: 10:00 to 5:00 
Sun: 12:00 to 5:00 

*Closed all stat holidays and Sundays followed
by a holiday Monday 
Find 2018 closure information


Innovation Hub 

Open Houses

Come to the City Centre branch (1169 Pinetree Way) and use our 3D printers, scanners, and high powered creative software to bring your innovative ideas to life. Open houses are on Fridays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. NOTE: There will not be an Open House on Fridays, November 9 and 23, December 14 and 28, and January 4.

To make an appointment call 604-554-7323 or email askalibrarian@coqlibrary.ca. Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult. More information here.


Coquitlam Public Library strives to offer community access to new and emerging technologies, such as 3D printing, and to inspire a new interest in creation and collaboration. The Library wishes to help the community bring their creations to life. 

3D printing is an additive manufacturing process that makes three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. Successive layers of material are laid down until an entire object is created. 3D printing has been around since the late 1980s in manufacturing and for prototyping and is now becoming widely available to the consumer market.


The Library’s Innovation Hub contains:

2 - Tinkerine Ditto Pro 3D Printers and 1 Makerbot Replicator 2 3D Printer  - available to the public for educational purposes to make three-dimensional objects in PLA, a plastic-like substance, using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file on an SD card

1 - Computer Workstation - with a high-capacity graphics card and 3D computer assisted drawing (CAD) software called Rhinoceros

Using the Equipment at Coquitlam Public Library

A consent form must be signed prior to getting access to the Innovation Hub, agreeing to the following:

1. The Library’s Innovation Hub may be used for lawful purposes only.  Customers will not be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printers to create material that is:

a.  Prohibited by local, provincial or federal law.

b.  Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)
c.  Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment.

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

2. The Library reserves the right to terminate any 3D print job.

3. Customers may only use the Innovation Hub after having been trained by Library staff.

4. Customers may not let other members of the public into the Hub without the knowledge and consent of library staff.

5. The consent form must be signed and returned to the Library prior to getting access to the Innovation Hub. 

6. Persons under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

7. Cost: 3D printing at the Library will cost 10 cents per gram plus a $1.00 usage fee per prin job to offset the cost of materials.

8. Maximum number of people in Innovation Hub is 12 people not including staff.

9. 3D Printers are not to be touched as they are extremely hot.

10. Maximum time for a print job is 4 hours.

11. Any attempt to intentionally tamper or vandalize Innovation Hub technology will result in being banned from the Innovation Hub.


3D printing at the Library will cost 10 cents per gram plus a $1.00 usage fee per print job to offset the cost of materials.

The Tinkerine printers require the design files to be on an SD card. SD cards are available for sale at the CC Help Desk for $10. You may also bring your own.

Booking Equipment

You must attend an Open House session and sign an Innovation Hub: Policies and Procedures form before your first 3D printing session.

To use any of the equipment, make an appointment in person, by calling 604-554-7323 or by email askalibrarian@coqlibrary.ca  The appointment will depend upon staff availability.

Preparing for Your Session

If you do not have an item in mind that you would like to print, try these tutorials from Lynda.com:

Up and Running with 3D Printing 

Getting Started with MakerBot 3D Printers  

Introduction to 3D Design & Printing for Kids   

3D Printing: Replacement Parts  

3D Printing a Person 

Lynda.com provides access to thousands of online software tutorials. To sign in, click here.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Programs

Free CAD Programs (includes SketchUp)

Tinkercad (free, browser-based, perfect for beginners) / Tinkercad Tutorials (from Lynda.com)

Sculptris (free, uses more artistic method for 3D modeling) / Sculptris Tutorial (from Lynda.com)

Rhinoceros (available in the Innovation Hub and Computer Lab)

Tutorials (from Lynda.com)

Questions? Contact us: 604-554-7323 or askalibrarian@coqlibrary.ca

Library Locations
Poirier Branch
575 Poirier Street
Coquitlam, BC
V3J 6A9

City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, BC
V3B 0Y1
604-554-READ (7323)