Hatch Policies

Becoming a Maker at Hatch

  • First time adult patrons must present a valid Minuteman Library Network (MLN) Card and sign the Hatch Makerspace Release of Claims, Indemnity, and Hold Harmless Agreement.
  • Minor patrons must have a parent, guardian or other person with appropriate legal authority sign the same Agreement.
  • Makers under twelve must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • We strongly recommend that children be eight or older to take full advantage of Hatch’s offerings. Parents/guardians are welcome to tour Hatch and evaluate its use by a minor child.
  • Library cards may be obtained at the Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main Street. All Massachusetts residents with proof of address and identification are eligible.

Guidelines for Use

  • All makers must check in when they enter Hatch.
  • Covered drinks and contained food are permitted in designated areas.
  • Tools and equipment are available to Makers on a first come, first served basis.
  • Hatch volunteers or staff will assist in explaining operation of tools and equipment as time allows. Be advised that not all volunteers or staff will be knowledgeable about all equipment available at Hatch.
  • The 3D printer and other designated equipment will be operated under supervision by Hatch volunteer and staff only.
  • Use of the laser cutter is limited to certified makers and must be supervised by Hatch volunteer or staff.
  • Makers must adhere to all posted guidelines for the use of tools, equipment, and space.
  • Makers must clean their workspaces and return tools in clean condition to their original location before leaving the premises.
  • Makers may be asked to pay for damages they incur to Hatch/WFPL equipment or property.
  • Use of Hatch is generally free. Use of some equipment and materials, however, may be subject to a fee.

Rights and Release from Liability

  • Hatch/WFPL does not accept responsibility if a project is destroyed, does not print correctly, or does not function as expected.
  • Hatch/WFPL reserves the right to halt, delete, or disallow the creation of items.
  • The Maker agrees that Hatch/WFPL is not responsible for any manufacturing defects or the quality of workmanship of any tools, materials or equipment supplied by Hatch/WFPL or for the quality or condition of a maker’s project.
  • Hatch/WFPL is not responsible for any damage to, or loss or theft of, a maker’s property.
  • Hatch/WFPL reserves the right to place age limits for participation in classes depending on the content of the class.


  • When using a tool that does not require certification, the maker is responsible for handling it in a safe and proper manner.
  • Hatch/WFPL will provide makers with access to safety supplies as appropriate.
  • Appropriate footwear and clothing must be worn depending on the activity.
  • If a maker sees that any tool or piece of equipment is unsafe or in a state of disrepair, s/he must immediately stop using it and notify a Hatch volunteer or staff member.
  • Makers must report any accident, incident, or unsafe behavior they observe to a Hatch volunteer or staff member.

Violation of Hatch/WFPL policies may result in suspension or termination of privileges.

Approved by the WFPL Board of Trustees on April 4, 2018