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Library Makerspaces - Common Items and Tools

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.

Common Items and Tools

There really are no clear guidelines on what you can have or not have in your makerspace. Common items include equipment to make prototypes, robotics, arts and crafts, textiles, and woodworking. Here are some specific examples:

  • Major machines with links to computers; such as laser cutters, 3D printers, 3D scanners, vinyl cutters, and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) routers.
  • Computers with productivity and advanced software (such as AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Cloud).
  • Textiles, including sewing and embroidery machines and tools.
  • Robotics kits (such as LEGO mindstorms).
  • Circuit kits, including SparkFun Inventor's kits, LilyPad Inventor's kits, Arduino kits, LittleBits kits, Steam Student sets, Snap Circuits, and Makey Makey kits.
  • Photography and video creation tools; such as video creation kits (lens, SD storage card, LED lights, tripod, and screen projector), and green backdrop.
  • Tools and safety items such as assorted wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, gaffers tape, soldering station, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and multimeter (for testing circuits).    

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