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makerspaces and hack events are becoming more popular around the uk, but still with very few being held in libraries. this page highlights examples of library hack events and ongoing makerspaces/fab labs based in libraries.

future events, makerspaces, fablabs

upcoming events for the diary. some are ongoing series of events and FabLabs that it is worth keeping an eye on.

future libraries product forge

 Thu 13 Oct

CodeBase, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH3 9SJ

A room full of talented designers, developers and entrepreneurs spending 3 days and 3 nights side by side developing new ideas, overcoming challenges and making new connections - sound good? Libraries are evolving and responding to their user’s needs with e-lending, wifi and digital access, co-working and maker spaces. What ideas do you have for the library of the future?

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st botolph's - the waiting room

colchester, essex, CO1 2PQ

a project sponsored by the carnegie trust, creative coop, and colchester school of art - this began as a regeneration initiative and will seek to co-locate libraries and hacker/maker spaces.

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hack the library!

oldham library

take over the library and hack things, bring a project, find a partner, ask for help or just watch and learn!


exeter library fab lab

exeter library, exeter, devon

the new fab lab in the new exeter library. a number of 3d printers, raspberry pi mini-computers, arduino mini-computers, many events going on throughout the year, and trained volunteers.


british library labs events

british library, st pancras, london

events page with regular labs days exploring data from collections.

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events that have been and gone - still often useful for finding out what happened and how it was done.


hack day at Newcastle libraries. follow up to the wuthering hacks event, reusing library data.

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future libraries mini forge

by Product Forge - investigating how libraries reinvent themselves as digital spaces, with a focus on e-lending, maker spaces and digital inclusion.

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wuthering hacks

re-using library data. a day-long hackathon to collaborate on ideas for using data released by Newcastle Libraries.

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a mashed library unconference day for those interested in libraries and technology. looking at new and existing ways of using technology in libraries and other information environments.


early english books hackfest

bodleian library event. a day to celebrate the release of 25,000 early English texts from 1473 to 1700.


THAT camp british library

the humanities and technology camp. being held at british library, these series of events encourage experimenting with digital collections.


stacks unbound

a making day with library data, from catalogues to metadata. brings developers, librarians and researchers together to make and experiment with the resources that are available and new ones.


bath hacked 2.1

held in bath and sponsored by the council, weekend event for developers to use local data to create new apps and mashups.

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pi and mash

held at senate house library in london: 'a Mashed Library unconference day of workshops and conversation for people interested in doing fun stuff involving libraries and technology.'

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glasgow hackathon

a good example of a public UK hack event


RLUK hack day

a research libraries hack day organised off the back of releasing 17 million bibliographic records as LOD (linked open data).


open data hack day

aimed to encourage new applications or datasets to be created and show how open data can be useful to help the work of researchers through having the data made available


new york public library hack weekend

an example of an 'open book hack weekend' organised at new york public library.


national archives hack day.

the national archives arranged a day for web developers and designers to use archive data and documents. lots of links to data.


culture grid hack day

a hack day from the culture grid making use of the (in 2011) recently released web service. interesting web site to get an idea of hack events.