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Library makerspace

library makerspace is an area and / or service that offers an opportunity to create and use a computer, to create and use computers, 3-D printers , audio and video capture and editing tools, and traditional arts and craftssupplies. In the field of library science, makerspaces are classified as a type of library service offered by librarians to patrons .


In a library makerspace or maker program, we are working together, alone, with library staff on creative projects. These spaces often give you access to tools, technology, and social connections that can not be easily accessed otherwise. The goal of a makerspace is to allow the bosses to learn from direct experimentation and from each other. [1] Library makerspaces do not require specified areas; A pre-existing space can be modified (or “made”) to better suit the needs of participants. It is more about the intentions of the makers than about the qualities of the space itself. [2]


Beginning around 2006, the “maker movement” grew out of DIY culture . Libraries took notice and began offering programs and redesigning spaces to address their interests. The first public library with a maker was the Fayetteville Free Library. [3]


A library makerspace has been made available to those who have not previously been able to access technology. Many types of spaces include 3D printers , sewing machines , soldering guns, coding , robotics , and wood carving machines, patterns are invited to experiment freely. The purpose of the machine is often used in science, technology, design, and life-long learning in the people who are served by the library. [4] Over time, it is expected that the individual will be able to work in the library. [5]Makerspaces are also known to allow populations or underrepresented populations, like women, [4] or people with disabilities , [6] to become involved with technology. [4]

Types of activities and technology

There are many types of makerspaces offered as a library service. They are usually developed around a certain type of medium, technology, or even patron age group. Some examples include computer programming and coding, robotics and electronics, 3D modeling and printing, laser cutting, games, and traditional arts and crafts. [7] Although experts in the area may be available, the community atmosphere of the space allows them to learn more. [8]

Maker spaces have also grown to allow you to take classes to develop a certain skill, like cooking, sewing or yoga . [9]


One criticism of maker spaces for libraries is that they can attract a specific demographic, eg, the tech-savvy, while failing to welcome others from the community. Some librarians feel that the library should not be a place for manufacturing, and some contend that over-emphasis on high-tech equipment such as 3D printers is not in the true spirit of the maker movement. Implementing a library makerspace can be costly in the setup phase, and some tools and equipment can have associated hazards, there is the issue of liability to consider. [10] Dewey decimal system , and can be hard to set up appropriate library devices.[11]

See also

  • Makerspace
  • Tool library
  • Fab lab
  • hackerspace


  1. Jump up^ Moore Field-Land, Heather Michele. Makers in the Library: Case studies of 3d printers and maker spaces in Library Library, Library Hi Tech, 2014.
  2. Jump up^ “From Stacks to Hacks: Makerspaces and LibraryBox” . Metropolitan New York Library Council . Metropolitan New York Library Council . Retrieved 1 April 2015 .
  3. Jump up^ Clark, Melody. “Libraries & makerspaces: A revolution?” . Technology and Social Change Group . University of Washington . Retrieved 1 April2015 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:c Britton Ward and Nicole Michael. The Makings of Maker , Library Journal, 2012
  5. Jump up^ Britton, Nicole and Ward, Michael. The Makings of Maker, Library Journal, 2012.
  6. Jump up^ Tara Brady, Camille Salas, Ayah Nuriddin, Walter Rodgers & Mega Subramaniam (2014) MakeAbility: Creating Accessible Public Domain Makerspace in Public Library, 33: 4, 330-347, DOI: 10.1080 / 01616846.2014.970425
  7. Jump up^ Willinghan, T. & DeBoer, J.Makerspaces in Libraries, Rowman & Littlefield, 2015
  8. Jump up^ 7 things you should now about Maker spaces, Edacuse, 2013
  9. Jump up^ Dixon, Nicole and Ward, Michael. The Maker Movement and the Louisville Free Public Library, Accidental Press, 2014.
  10. Jump up^ Diane Slatter & Zaana Howard (2013) A place to make, hack, and learn: makerspaces in Australian public libraries, The Australian Library Journal, 62: 4, 272-284, DOI: 10.1080 / 00049670.2013.853335
  11. Jump up^ Nargi, Lela. “Better makerspaces: a library wish list.” Publishers Weekly, 1 Aug. 2016, p. 36. Expanded Academic ASAP, go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=EAIM&sw=w&u=csu_au&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CA460285650&it=r&asid=02ddf152b51ae2951a30242a7916c4ba. Accessed Mar. 22, 2017.