3D Printer Policy

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Kalamazoo Public Library strives to offer community access to new and emerging technologies such as a 3D printer. The expectation is that the printer will inspire interest in design, will contribute to the growth of user-created content and digital literacy, and support individual entrepreneurship while providing an opportunity to explore the technology involved in printing small three-dimensional objects in plastic.

The printer will be based in The Hub, KPL’s digital lab, but may be moved elsewhere on occasion for programs. The following will govern its use:

  • Only designated library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer and be authorized to operate it
  • The printer may be used only for lawful purposes and may not be used to create material that is
    • Prohibited by local, state, or federal law
    • Unsafe, or potentially unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others
    • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment
    • In violation of another’s intellectual property rights, that is, material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection
  • The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request
  • The library’s “Rules of Conduct” apply to use of the 3D printer just as they apply to all library use.

Policy adopted June 22, 2015.

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