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Youth Services @ OCPL: Tech @ Your Library

An online guide to services and activities for children and teens at the Oconee County Public Library (South Carolina)

Borrow a Telescope

Library cardholders who are in “good standing” and 18 years or older with a valid photo I.D. can check-out a telescope kit at the main library in Walhalla.  The telescope comes ready for viewing – there is nothing to assemble. The telescope kit comes with one Orion StarBlast 4.5 inch telescope, a picnic blanket, a headlamp to allow for reading in the dark, a moon map, an introductory to the night sky book, full instruction manual, and lens cleaner.  The telescope kit can be checked out for seven days with one renewal if no one else is on the waiting list for the telescope.  Telescopes can only be checked out from the Walhalla Library.  Call or visit today to reserve your telescope kit.

Due to COVID-19, telescopes are unavailable for checkout until further notice. 

3D Printing

As part of the Oconee County Public Library’s vision to provide access to emerging technology, the library is pleased to announce 3D printing service is now available to our patrons. OCPL’s first 3D printer was purchased with grant funds from a Library Services and Technology Act grant funded by the State Library of South Carolina.  The printer, a Qidi X-Pro, which uses plastic filament to build objects layer by layer, can print a cell phone protective case, model airplane, or just about any object that can be designed.  In 2020, the library purchased a resin 3D printer that uses an ultraviolet light source to cure liquid UV resin into a solid item.

Individuals can custom design objects using 3D modeling software (free downloadable programs such as Cura, TinkerCAD, and SketchUp are available online), or they can visit websites, such as www.thingiverse.com, which provide design-ready objects for printing.  To have an item printed at the library, patrons can fill out the Google Form below and attach their print job as an STL file.  Once the 3D print request form is filled out, a staff member will be in contact with details about scheduling a print session.  The cost of 3D printing at the library is $1.00 per print job (paid in advance) + $0.10 per gram of filament used on the plastic filament printer.  Print jobs on the resin printer cost $1.00 per print job (paid in advance + $0.25 per gram of resin used. 3D print services are only available to OCPL library cardholders in good standing.  A detailed copy of the library’s 3D print policy is available below.

More workshops and 3D printing programs will be scheduled in the future.

OCPL 3D Printing Policy

3D Printer Request Form