3D Printing

In keeping with our efforts to offer the community opportunities to learn about new and emerging technologies, San Mateo County Libraries offers 3D printers for public use.

Reserve a 3D Printer

Patrons can reserve a 3D printer 30 days in advance and in 2 hour blocks by using the reserve form below. Staff will provide instruction in use of the 3D printer for first time users.


A file is obtained from a 3D printing object library, such as, Thingiverse opens a new windowor by creating a design using computer assisted design (CAD) software.

All files for using the 3D printer require the following:

The public will not be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printers to create material that is:

  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate.
  • In violation of intellectual property rights.

The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

The library has the following PLAopens a new window colors to choose from:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Red
  • White

By reserving a 3D Printer you accept the
3D Printing Online Agreement.