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Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab’s aim is to explore and foster a social environment where anyone in the community can see, share, touch and play with cool technologies and talents at the forefront of global creativity. Come together to collaborate on ideas, drive programs and projects and learn from each other.

The Innovation Lab regularly hosts a variety of programmed and community driven events, workshops, meetings and training, to explore ideas and creativity within the city community. The program so far has included 3D design and printing sessions for children in collaboration with Carclew and the Adelaide FabLab, robotics workshops during Science Week with SciWorld, and thousands of Maker sessions for the general public provided by our Volunteers in the use of 3D design, printing and scanning.

Tweet your Innovation Lab creations using #adlinnolab and #3doodler!

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Virtual Reality - Get Interactive or Drop in and Try

Come on a mind-blowing journey without even leaving the library! 

Visit the City Library's Innovation Lab and come on a mind-blowing journey without even leaving the room! Learn the applications of Virtual Reality through use of our HTC Vive, and discover the wonders of this great new technology.

Terms and conditions apply to use of the VR equipment. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Have a look at the experiences available here

Bookable and drop-in sessions available

Science Club

Science Club has come to the City Library! The Adelaide City Library with a new fun and creative themes every school holidays plus dable in computer coding and robotics. Find out what it means to code and what computer science is and explore a new scientific topic each month with experiments, games and more in a FREE 1.5 hour workshop for ages 7 and up.

Book into City Library Science Club now!


Discover Robotics

Explore the exciting world of robotics with Ollie, Sphero or Mindstorm. Using the latest iPad apps, drive and race Ollie through a maze of your own creation, or perform a crazy trick combo! Using the latest iPad apps, use codes to drive and race Sphero, the roly poly robot through the Innovation Lab, or even put on a lights show! Then, create and command an EV3 Mindstorm Lego robot! Use drag-and-drop programming software to create your own code – make your robot move around different obstacles, talk and make sounds!

Book here!

Maker Sessions

Book a Maker Session now!

Maker Sessions are hands on training sessions, facilitated by an Innovation Lab volunteer, for yourself and up to four of your friends, colleagues or family members. These sessions are aimed at those wanting an introduction to 3D printing, modelling, scanning, 3Doodler pens, or for those already familiar, who want to learn more and ask questions with the help of a facilitator.

Equipment used during Maker Sessions includes:

  • Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation
  • 9 x 3Doodler 3D printing pens (for ages 12+). Visit 3Doodler to see a demo.
  • Printrbot Metal

In this 1.5 hour session, you can either:

  • Bring your own small (about 4cm squared) .STL file to print
  • Receive assistance creating your own 3D computer model
  • Create a work of art with a 3D pen (for ages 12+), or
  • Design your own 3D object

Information and Pre-requisites

  • Participants are encouraged to bring in their own laptop(s) to work on their designs (using the Lab Wi-Fi connection)
  • Bring a USB to transfer your files to the printer
  • Only one ticket required for you and/or your group - up to 4 people is ok
  • Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times

Drop-In Session

Do you have questions about the Innovation Lab or 3D printers or want to see a demonstration? Perhaps you’re wondering what you can do with a laser scanner or 3Doodler pen? Come to an Innovation Lab Drop-In session to talk to our volunteers, ask questions and book into future Maker Sessions.

Find a Drop-in session here.

Become a Volunteer

As an Innovation Lab Volunteer you will run Drop-in, Maker and Discover Robotics sessions with members of the public.

Check out our current vacancies now!


We’d love to hear of any projects or equipment that you would like to use in the lab! Please email library.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)m to get in touch.

For all bookings or cancellations please phone: 8203 7990.

Cancellations should be made 24 hours in advanced so that others may have a chance to book and to allow our volunteers to manage their time. 

Visit: City Library, Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall, Adelaide via Francis Street or Da Costa Arcade.

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