Originally constructed in 1993 and renovated in 2014, HCLS Savage Branch and STEM Education Center serve the Savage and North Laurel communities in southeastern Howard County.
The contemporary branch offers more than 40 public access computers, reading nooks for all ages, a vending café with a seating area, and a laptop counter overlooking the courtyard.
Outdoors, the Savage Branch features two classrooms with a casual shaded seating area. The courtyard has wifi access and is landscaped with native plants. The branch is well connected by pathways via Knights Bridge and Gorman roads. The parking lot offers car charging stations; for more information on these please see charge.greenlots.com.
Centers & Special Collections
Meeting & Study Rooms
Silent study rooms are first-come, first-served for customer use.
Classes & Events
Computers and Printing
- Public Access Computers
- Linux OS computers with LibreOffice Suite available (word processing, etc.)
- Wireless in-branch printing
printing & scanning | Free
B&W copies | $0.20
color copies | $0.75
faxing (first page) | $1.50
faxing (additional pages) | $1.00
Print items up to 11.4” x 10.8” x 9.8”. The Makerbot Method X, a high performance 3D printer, prints at professional grade level. Cost for materials is $0.40 per gram of filament. The cost of your item can be calculated when you are in the print preview mode. For more information, visit 3D Printing or Submitting a 3D print job, or ask a staff person.
Safety procedures specific to designated equipment are posted and must always be followed.
- Equipment and supplies must be used in a safe and proper manner.
- Customers should report to staff any equipment that may appear to not be operating properly
- If you see anyone doing something unsafe, alert staff. If you see a potential safety hazard, alert staff .
- Wearing headphones is prohibited.
- The customer assumes responsibility for the cost of repairing or replacing equipment damaged by improper use.
- If an accident or injury occurs, inform HCLS staff immediately.
- If someone is seriously injured, call 9-1-1 from any phone and alert staff.
- Appropriate eye protection must be worn when operating laser cutters.
- Customers must maintain a safe workspace by keeping it free of clutter and debris.
- Food and drink are prohibited in the Makerspace.
All safety procedures will be enforced by staff.
HCLS’ Makerspace equipment may only be used for lawful purposes. Users will not be permitted to use the Library’s equipment to create material that is:
- prohibited by local, state or federal law.
- in violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
- obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment.
- objects larger than specified sizes for each piece of equipment.
HCLS reserves the right to refuse or halt and end production for any reason including prior record of non-payment. Only library staff and customers that have completed HCLS’ Makerspace Equipment Training can operate the 3D printers, laser cutter/engraver and large format printer. Customers use all equipment at their own risk. Customers must agree to the HCLS disclaimer.
- Customers are expected to pay for objects printed, engraved, or cut as specified in the submitted design.
- HCLS is responsible for mechanical failure of HCLS equipment and will reprint, re-engrave or recut an object at no additional charge whenever possible should failure occur.
- Customers may not receive a replacement object if dissatisfied with color, scale, quality, design, or other options within the customer’s control. If your object is not as you envisioned, we encourage you to make changes to the design and submit a new print request.
- While HCLS staff make every effort to oversee the use of equipment in the production of an object, the use of the object upon completion is not under the direction or control of the library system.
- HCLS is not responsible for any object created with the use of its Makerspace equipment, including any harm or injury incurred as a result of any usage of the object which was printed.
HCLS Land Acknowledgment:
We want to respectfully honor the Susquehannock Confederation who governed, lived, farmed, and hunted on the land now called Howard County. Their nations conceded into land treaties in 1652 and 1661 after English colonizers ended their generational governance and stewardship of the land Howard County is built upon. This practice of land acknowledgement is to honor and respect the indigenous inhabitants both from the past and the present.