Makerspace Oxford at Oxfordshire County Library

Information about Oxfordshire County Library's new Makerspace

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.

Equipment

The Makerspace has a wide range of equipment including

  • 3D printer
  • Raspberry Pi computers (including Pi-Top Ceeds)
  • Cameo digital cutter
  • programmable robots
  • littleBit circuits
  • micro:bits
  • stop-motion animation equipment
  • a range of books on making

Activities

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 and when we have developed a full weekly schedule we will make this available from this website. 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 library on county.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk

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 Club

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 shortly Saturday mornings. At present these clubs are fully booked.

Creative writing groups

Two new creative writing groups starting are starting;- one for children aged 10-13, and another for teenagers aged 14-17. Practice your writing with a friendly group and learn techniques to develop your style. The older club will take place Mondays  4-5pm and the younger group Thursdays 4.30-5.30pm.

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.

freeCodeCamp Oxford

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

Language cafe

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.

Ask us about the Makerspace

To book a session, make suggestions, or to enquire into any other equipment please contact the library on county.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk

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. For more information on this role please visit our volunteering pages.