Cooroy Makerspace – where the magic is in the making

Noosa Library Service is excited to announce it was recently successful in receiving financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the State Library of Queensland’s Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant to transform the traditional technology training room in Cooroy Library into a community makerspace.  The room will be designed to provide inclusive and welcoming areas for making, learning and socialising and to grow as momentum builds around the concept.

So what is a makerspace?

Makerspaces, also called hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs, are places where people gather to work on joint creative projects, typically involving technology.

The Cooroy Makerspace will be a space where users can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover, using a variety of tools with a digital focus.  The space will be largely user-driven and self-directed learning will be encouraged. The space will host new and emerging technology such as 3D Printers, a virtual reality system and a range of different robotics technology.

The creation of this new space in the library will encourage users to innovate, be creative and learn through experimentation, which will spark new ideas and new ways of thinking.  By seeing and sharing what other people have made, new concepts and designs can be generated.

Access to computers and the Internet will still be available within the Cooroy Library alongside the creation of this new digitally-creative space.

We aim to open the makerspace in early 2018, so watch this space.