3-D Printing Services Policy

Anne Arundel County Public Library aims to be a center of creativity and innovation in Maryland. As part of our strategic plan initiative, Innovate Anne Arundel, we provide tools and opportunities for our customers to learn about and use new and emerging technologies.

3-D printing services are available at the Annapolis, Glen Burnie, and Odenton Regional Libraries and the Maryland City at Russett Community Library to allow customers to create three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design uploaded from a digital computer file, or scanned from an object.


  • Customers may have objects printed on the 3-D printers at a cost of $0.25 per gram of object weight, plus tax.
  • The Library’s 3-D printers may be used only for lawful purposes.
  • Only library staff will directly operate the 3-D printer.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse any 3-D print request, such as those that infringe established intellectual property rights or produce objects prohibited by local, state or federal law, including but not limited to visual depictions of sexually explicit content, as defined by 18 U.S. Code § 2256.
  • By submitting a 3-D print request, the customer warrants that he holds all intellectual property rights to the source file and the object being printed. The customer shall defend, indemnify and hold the Library and its employees harmless from any and all claims, injuries, damages, losses or suits including attorney fees, arising out of or in connection with the existence or use of any object printed with the Library’s 3-D printer service.
  • The Library is not responsible for the functionality or quality of objects produced on the 3-D printer.
  • The Library reserves the right to use the 3-D printing service for classes and programs, during which they will be temporarily unavailable to the public.


Adopted June 16, 2016, by the Anne Arundel County Public Library Board of Trustees.