APL Digital Makerspace: Location + Hours + Reservations

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What is APL Innovate?

Innovation Lab

Over the past several decades, advancements in computers and other computer-related technologies have allowed nearly anyone to create and share their artistic visions in ways that were previously impossible.

Here at the Austin Public Library, APL Innovate provides community access to state-of-the-art computer hardware and software to create digital content such as podcasts, videos, 3D renderings, music, and more.

APL Innovate is comprised of the Innovation Lab (Room 523) and the Innovation Lounge, both located on the 5th floor of the Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas.

Reserve a computer in the Innovation Lab or Lounge to polish your digital content and upskill your digital craft.

  • The Lab (Room 523) is equipped with 2 Mac Pro Towers.
  • The Lounge is outside the Lab and features a public computer cluster with 5 Apple desktops (M1 iMacs) and 8 Windows desktops (Dell Workstations).

Makerspace programs will be hosted at our Branch locations. Check Eventbrite and the APL Innovate Events Calendar for details on upcoming events.

Location & Hours

APL Innovate is comprised of the Innovation Lab (Room 523) and the Innovation Lounge, both located on the 5th floor of the Austin Central Library.


Austin Central Library - 5th Floor

710 W. Cesar Chavez St.

Austin, Texas 78701

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Operating Hours Innovation Lab & Lounge
Tuesday 11am - 7pm
Wednesday 11am - 7pm
Thursday 11am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 4pm

10am - 4pm

Innovation Lab (Room 523)

Reserve a Makerspace Computer

The library's Use Rules apply to the Innovation Lab (Room 523) and Innovation Lounge or when using any resources related to APL Innovate. Please refer to the library's Use Rules before booking these spaces.

Makerspace Computer Type Available How to Reserve Reservation Info
Innovation Lab (Room 523) Apple Mac Pro Tower


  1. For same-day reservations = Text Austin Library Innovate to (512) 898-7734
  2. For same-day or future reservations = Reserve Online

Onsite at the Central Library - 5th Floor:

  • Speak to library staff in the Innovation Lounge.

2 hours per reservation

Reservation gives you access to Room 523

In Room: 2 Mac Pro Towers

Room Capacity: 4 People

If the reserving party is more than 15 minutes late, they forfeit the reservation

Innovation Lounge Apple M1 iMac & Dell Windows Desktop Same as Lab

2 hours per reservation

5 Apple desktops available

8 Dell desktops available

Contact the Library's Makerspace Staff:

Innovation Lounge (5th floor)