A space to create, learn, and collaborate.


Welcome to the Tinker Lab, your community's maker space. In this space you can create whatever your imagination can dream up.

The Tinker Lab offers workshops and training classes to certify you on the various equipment and machinery that the lab has to offer.

Join us in the Tinker Lab – whether you want to develop new creative skills, learn new hobbies, or invent and prototype products for a new business – the Tinker Lab has what you need.

Tinker Lab Resources

The entrepreneur-focused business databases we have for free with your library card can help you in numerous ways—they include Mergent Intellect, Statista, SEMrush, Gale Business Plan Builder, and more!

Check out our three featured resources, all a part of the Digital Toolbox offered by NHFPL through Ives Squared -- they are Mergent Intellect, Gale Business Plan Builder, and SEMrush. To see the rest of our Digital Toolbox database offerings, just click below!

Learn How to use InkStitch

Use the free InkStitch software to design your own embroidery files!

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Equipment Certifications

Get certified in a variety of skills directly from Ives Squared.

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Take & Make Kits

Find directions and supplies for previous kits!

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Cricut Design Space

Browse thousands of images, ready-to-make projects, and fonts in the Cricut Library.


Easel by Inventables

An all-in-one software solution for you so you can start carving in minutes.

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 A free, easy-to-use web app that equips the next generation of designers and engineers with the foundational skills for innovation.

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Tinker Lab Recommendations


"Thank you so much for helping me add the lyrics to our Where Do We Want Our Green to Go song yesterday. You helped our Peace Team get over the last big hump. Great to know that New Haven’s Public Library offers such great service to us citizens!”


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Millie Grenough
MAT, CRS, LCSW, PCC, Certified EMDR-Level II

Coach, Speaker, Author OASIS in the Overwhelm 

My experience at Ives Squared has been one of connections. As a connector myself, this is something I truly appreciate."


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Barb Nangle
Higherpowercc.com Known Coworking

Ives Squared Patron & Speaker, March 2021

Not sure where to start?
Ask a Librarian!

We know starting a new project can be intimidating. Everything the Ives Squared Tinker Lab offers is meant to help those looking to take on this task, and to foster a strong network of makers in the New Haven community. We are here for you no matter your question, feel free to fill out the consultation form below, and a Librarian will answer soon.

The Ives Squared Tinker Lab works with many community partners to expand our reach and offerings to makers of all types and in all stages, including with MakeHaven, CTNext, and the New Haven Innovation Collaborative, among others. With so many local organizations teaming up with us to ensure the goals of Ives Squared are met, makers and creatives can be confident that working with us is one of the best ways to access information, database resources, knowledge, mentorship, and other opportunities.