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LAPL Labs: Creativity Within Reach


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The Octavia Lab is a do-it-yourself studio space at the Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library.

During the COVID-19 crisis, we are turning the creativity of the community towards the creation and innovation of needed medical personal protective equipment (PPE).

Learn more about Octavia Butler, the Octavia Lab COVID-19 makers project, and what you can do to help.


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Octavia Butler

Octavia Lab honors Octavia Butler, a bestselling author and acclaimed pioneer of science fiction who broke ground in the male-dominated genre.


Lab Updates

Learn about ways the lab is pitching in to create face shields for medical professionals.

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Projects From Home

A collections of personal protective projects you can create from home.

Latest Blog Posts

coloring page from the Hidden Heroes coloring book
Andrea Borchert, Librarian

Narratives attached to events in LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) history like the Stonewall riots and...

4 face shields made in the library

The Octavia Lab team realized that there was a global shortage of PPE and following the ethos of the lab namesake, Octavia E. Butler, our team...

Manuela García coloring page
Andrea Borchert, Librarian

In celebration of Octavia E. Butler’s birthday this year, the Octavia Lab began making coloring pages to celebrate lesser-known heroes in...