Maker Space Studio

The Anderson Public Library’s Maker Space Studio is a functional space to allow Library members to use various types of audio and visual recording equipment to produce digital works of their own.  It is the perfect space to record videos or take still photos utilizing studio quality equipment.

Uses of the Maker Space Studio

The Maker Space Studio is meant to record videos or take still photos.  For videos, it is intended for short video productions that do not need loud audio recording capabilities.  Music or musical instruments cannot be recorded in the studio.  All work done in the studio must be done by the library member using the room as library staff cannot record or take photos for members.  Video or photo editing is currently not available.

How to Reserve the Studio

The studio can be reserved by visiting the library at least two weeks in advance of needing the studio or emailing Justin at  All those operating the equipment will need to be adults, have APL library cards that are in good standing, and schedule a time before the studio session to take a certification class on how to operate the equipment.  If there will be children or teens being filmed, their parents must be present during the filming.  No more than six people can be in the studio at one time and all equipment must stay in the studio.  The studio is currently only available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Available Equipment

The following equipment is available to use in the studio:

Video/Audio Non-electronic Equipment
Two Panasonic GH4s White Backdrop
Audio Recorder (Tascam DR-701D) Green (Chroma) Backdrop
Two Shotgun Mics (Audio-Technica AT875) Black Backdrop
Two Headphones Two Sets of Studio Lights
Two Tripods/Fluid Head
Camera Slider
Audio Boom Stands

Guidelines of Use

The full list of guidelines of using the Maker Space Studio can be read below.

  1. The member requesting to use the Maker Space Studio, hereafter referred to as “Studio Director,” must have a current and valid Anderson Public Library Card.
  2. The Studio Director must complete an application and necessary training certification to use the Maker Space Studio.
  3. The Studio Director, who must be eighteen (18) years or older, must schedule the training certification and Maker Space Studio at least two weeks in advance of requested use date.  Certification training dates and availability of the studio are not guaranteed. Applicants will be notified of certification training session openings if or when they become available.
  4. No more than six (6) people are allowed to be in the studio at one time.
  5. No more than three (3) people, hereafter referred to as “Operators,” which includes the studio director, may operate the equipment at one time.  In addition to the studio director, all other operators must also attend the necessary certification training as required by the application and hold valid and current Anderson Public Library Cards.
  6. All operators must be eighteen (18) years or older.
  7. The Studio Director and Operators will be required to attend a training certification session at least once a year or if new equipment is added that they wish to use.
  8. No more than three (3) people, hereafter referred to as “Talent,” may be recorded in front of the studio equipment at any one time.  
  9. All Talent must sign a waiver of rights, releasing the library, its staff, and Board of Trustees from any claims of injury from the production created by the Studio Director or Operators.  
  10. Any Talent under eighteen (18) years old must have the waiver signed by a parent/guardian and have the parent/guardian present during production.
  11. All persons entering the Maker Space Studio must sign in each time.  The Studio Director and Operators will confirm whether there are any new regulations or guidelines of use.
  12. The Studio Director and Operators must not allow anyone not authorized, to use the Library owned studio equipment.  Authorization requires completion of the Maker Space Studio application and certification training.
  13. All Maker Space Studio equipment must be used only within the studio room and will require an authorized Library staff member to check out and setup the equipment for use and must be checked in before use by another Studio Director.
  14. The Studio Director must avoid unnecessary noise, mess, or damage by anyone while in the studio.  No food or drink is allowed in the studio.
  15. The production, as managed by the Studio Director, must follow all local, state, and federal laws, including copyright, patent, and trademark laws.  The Studio Director assumes all responsibility to follow all applicable laws.
  16. If the Studio Director or Operators use equipment that is not owned by the Library, hereafter referred to as “external equipment,” the Studio Director assumes all liability for damage or loss to the external equipment and Library equipment from use of the external equipment.
  17. Studio Director is required to copy all files from cameras, audio recorders, and other devices to his/her own external storage device attached to the studio computer.  All files from Library owned equipment will be cleared at the end of the session and cannot be recovered.  The Library, its staff, and trustees are not responsible for any damages caused by destruction of files because of equipment failure or clearing at the end of each session.
  18. No external equipment, except for external storage device attached to the studio computer, may be electrically, digitally, or otherwise attached or linked with any Library owned equipment without approval from a qualified Library staff member.
  19. The Studio Director may only create one copy of his/her production from the studio computer using self provided blank DVD or CD.  The Studio Director may not solicit copies of the production on Library grounds.
  20. The Studio Director and Operators must report all accidents and equipment failures to Library staff immediately.
  21. The Studio Director assumes all liability for damages and loss of Library owned equipment and any injury caused to anyone in the Maker Space Studio and agrees to pay for all damages.
  22. All costs to repair or replace broken equipment will be charged to the Studio Director’s Library card account.  The option to repair or replace equipment will be made at the sole discretion of the Library.
  23. The Studio Director, Operators, and Talent must follow the posted library code of conduct at all times.  Excessive loudness, profanity, and other inappropriate actions may result in termination of the studio session.

At its sole discretion, the Anderson Public Library may temporarily or permanently suspend access to the Maker Space Studio for persons who fail to follow the established rules and regulations, guidelines, or instruction from library staff members.  If the perceived or actual violation is considered a safety hazard or threat to anyone inside or outside of the Maker Space Studio, use of the studio will be immediately terminated at Library staff’s discretion.  Library staff also reserves the right to end or pause a session for any reason.