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Library Makerspaces - General Resources

Makerspaces are collaborative learning environments that serve as gathering points where people come together to share materials, knowledge, and experiences. Makerspaces can have all different varieties of materials and tools (hi tech and low tech) where the focus is to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover using the tools, materials, and knowledge available. The mindset of a makerspace is community partnership, collaboration, and the free exchange of ideas.

Here is non-exhaustive list of Creative, Innovative, and Makerspaces in Nebraska and Nebraska libraries. If your space is not listed, or your have a link to add, contact us.

General Makerspace Resources

There are far too many resources to be listed here. The following list is a decent start, but certainly not exhaustive.

Common Terms

  • Hackerspace: Generally a makerspace with an emphasis on computer programming, electronic circuit design/manufacturing, robotics, game consoles, and digital art.
  • Makerspace: A general all encompasing term used to describe a physical space with equipment and tools that enable people the opportunity to gather, create, invent, and learn. Typically, makerspaces have technology and electronic equipment available, but also can have metalworking, woodworking, robotics, arts and crafts, or other items. For a more exhaustive list, see our list of common items.
  • Maker clubs: Communities often have maker clubs where like minded people gather to collaborate and share tools. These clubs might be focused on specific areas (e.g. robotics or quilting); other times they are not.
  • Maker kits: While mobile makerspaces often have larger equipment that would need a cart or is not easily moved, a maker kit typically involves things that easily fits into tubs or liftable crates. Sometimes these kits can be circulated or checked out from the library for an extended period of time.
  • Mobile makerspace: This is a set of maker equipment that can be easily moved from place to place. Sometimes these are set up in temporary locations for a certain time period, shared between library branches, or different school classrooms. This set up might be necessary if the library does not have an adequate amount of room for a permanant space.
  • Pop-up makerspaces: These can be a variant of mobile makerspaces. While mobile makerspaces typically reside within one library location or between library branches, pop-up makerspaces often travel to different locations for a limited period of time (such as a day, week, or months). Pop-up makerspaces allow a library to try tools and equipment during this time to determine if there is sufficient community interest or support.