Policy for 3D Printing

Cranston Public Library 3-D Printer Use Policy 

The library maintains a Makerbot Replicator 2X 3D Printer and Cube 2nd Generation 3D Printers for use by the public in the Central library’s classroom.  Patrons must sign a copy of this agreement. Copies are available at the Reference Desk. 


  • Use of the 3D Printer is at the discretion of library staff. The library reserves the right to deny use of the equipment.
  • The 3D printer may only be used by OSL library cardholders.
  • It is expressly prohibited:
    1. To print any guns, gun parts, knives or objects that are intended to physically harm, or attempt to harm, a person or animal in any way.
    2. To print obscene or inappropriate materials.
    3. To print any object that violates or infringes upon a patent, trademark, or other proprietary right. Use of the 3-D Printer and associated equipment shall follow all legal guidelines. U.S. Copyright Law governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
  • The library does not guarantee a successful print. Unless the print fails to finish, the cost of the completed print, regardless of quality, will still be charged.
  • If a 0-2 hour print fails, it may be attempted only one more time without charge. If a 3-5 hour print fails, any additional attempts will be charged.
  • Items that are not picked up after a month will become property of the Cranston Public Library. Items must be picked up by the individual who printed them.
  • A charge in the amount of the print’s cost will be added to the patron’s record for any unclaimed items.
  • Only designated library staff and trained patrons will have access to the 3-D printer.
  • The library is not responsible for the subsequent safety of any item made with the 3-D printer.

For more detailed information on 3D printing at the library please see our 3D printing page.

Approved by the Cranston Public Library Board of Trustees November 12, 2014