Welcome to the Makerspace, an exciting new space at Oxfordshire County Library. The Makerspace is a place to explore new technology, learn new skills, encourage STEM and STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths), and get involved in a range of activities.
The Makerspace has a wide range of equipment including
- 3D printer
- 5 HP Sprout computers
- 1 HP Sprout Pro with object scanning
- Raspberry Pi computers (including Pi-Top Ceeds)
- Cameo digital cutter
- programmable robots
- littleBit circuits
- stop-motion animation equipment
- a range of books on making
Activities currently running in the Makerspace include Introductions to 3D printing and Computer Aided Design, Code Club, Raspberry Jams, tablet help sessions, coding meetups, creative writing clubs, craft workshops, and language exchanges. We'll be expanding the activities on offer over time so let us know what you'd like to see in the Makerspace!
If there are no activities taking place you are welcome to use the Makerspace for work or study. Individual event details are also published on the page for Oxfordshire County Library.
3D printing sessions
We currently offer introductions to 3D printing and Computer Aided Design for beginners on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 2-4pm. In the future we hope to make this available throughout the week and in and evenings. Please sign up in advance by contacting the County Library.
There is no charge for using the 3D printer; however fair use restrictions apply and we reserve the right to print your job for display purposes (credit will be given where possible). The current model of 3D printer is a Prusa i3 Mk2. PLA is the only type of filament we offer.
For safety reasons it is only possible to use the 3D printer while a volunteer or member of staff is present and print jobs longer than 2 hours may not be possible without prior arrangement. Overnight printing is not possible.
Code Clubs are a great way for children aged 9-13 to get involved in coding from complete beginner level and take place Tuesdays 4.30-5.30pm and Saturday mornings 9.30-10.30am. A third club takes place once a month. At present these clubs are fully booked.
Creative writing groups
Two new creative writing groups take place each week;- one for children aged 10-13 on Thursdays 4.30-5.30pm, and another for adults Wednesdays 6-7pm. Practice your writing with a friendly group and learn techniques to develop your style.
Oxford Raspberry Jam
A Raspberry Jam is a meetup of people of all ages interested in the Raspberry Jam computer. Come along to the Oxford Raspberry Jam to attend workshops, show off projects you've made, and meet other people! Raspberry Jams take place every two to three months.
A fortnightly meetup for adults learning to code taking place every other Thursday evening, 6pm until 8pm. The group follows the freecodecamp online course and the meetup is a chance to discuss problems and support each other. There's no need to book but you can join the group by request at https://www.facebook.com/groups/free.code.camp.oxford.eng
A friendly weekly group of people interested in practising English or a foreign language. Come and have a conversation and develop your language skills. Bring your choice of hot drink! The Language Cafe takes place on Fridays 11am-2pm and Wednesdays 6-7.
Board Games Evening
Play some board games and meet some new people in these friendly monthly evenings, normally the first Tuesday of the month from 5.30-8pm.
Ask us about the Makerspace
To book a session, make suggestions, ask about a group visit to the Makerspace, or to enquire into any other equipment please contact the County Library
Volunteer in the Makerspace
We are looking for volunteers to share their skills and interests in making, technology, and crafts on a regular basis. You don't need to be an expert. We are particularly looking for people with an interest in 3D design, and sewing. For more information on this role please visit our volunteering pages.