"Makerspaces come in all shapes and sizes but they all serve as a gathering point for tools, projects, mentors and expertise. A collection of tools does not define a Makerspace. Rather we define it by what it enables: a community of making."
The library's Makerspace is a place where people with similar interests can come together to work on projects while sharing ideas and knowledge. It facilitates the construction of knowledge through the manipulation and creation of material objects. The space is well-equipped with many different tools, materials, and information resources so patrons feel comfortable working on projects independently or in groups within the space that fall under three workbenches.
The tools and materials under each of these areas are mainly for use within the Makerspace however there are items that are available for checkout under the Digital Creation (i.e. AV Equipment) and the Craft Fabrication (i.e. manual/power tools) workbenches as 3 day loans.
The Makerspace may only be used by current AU students, faculty and staff. First time visitors will be asked to take a short orientation online, including signing a Liability Waiver. Individual workbenches may require additional orientations or waivers before use. Staff is available to answer questions and assist in explaining operations of tools and equipment as time allows.
The Makerspace may be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use the library's Makerspace to create material that is:
Those working on projects inside the Makerspace are required to adhere to proper safety guidelines: