3-D Printing Policy

The Jacksonville Public Library makes 3-D printing available for a fee.  The library’s 3-D printers are available for the printing of three-dimensional objects using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.

The library’s 3-D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. Content that will not be produced includes but is not limited to materials or objects that

  • Are prohibited by local, state or federal law;
  • Are in violation of the library’s code of conduct;
  • Are unsafe, harmful, dangerous or which pose a threat to the well-being of others;
  • Reproduce objects or materials that are subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.

The library reserves the right to refuse any 3-D print request.  In the event the library determines that a 3-D printing request be refused, the library shall provide written notice of the reasons for the refusal.   The library’s decision will be governed by this policy.   Customers who wish to appeal the refusal to print should follow the appeals process.

The customer agrees to assume all responsibility for, and shall hold the library harmless in, all matters related to copyrighted, patented or trademarked materials.  The Jacksonville Public Library is not responsible for any damage, loss, or security of data arising from the use of its equipment or network, nor the functionality or quality of objects produced on the 3-D printer.

  • Size of the file, timing of printing, and maximum length of time allowed for each print job will be regulated according to demand and equipment restrictions.   The library reserves the right to limit the number of print requests.

Library staff will review every object file before it is printed.  Customers are solely responsible for the creation and editing of design files.  All files will be deleted from the system following the completion of the print job.

The library does not guarantee complete customer privacy during the 3-D printing process as printing may be done in a public space.

Customers must pay for the plastics and other materials used in the printing process.  3-D printing is charged by the gram with additional charges added based on multi-color and multi-step designs.  Charges must be paid at the time of pick up.  Refunds are not given.  Customers have fourteen days from notification to pick up their print job.  Items not picked up within fourteen days become the property of the library.  Current 3-D printing locations and fee schedule are available on the library’s website.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees on October 13, 2016


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