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Maker Library Network

The Maker Library Network was a British Council project that connected designers and makers around the world. It facilitated knowledge and skills exchange amongst professionals and encouraged public engagement with making. 

A Maker Library combines three elements of a makespace, a library and a gallery. These spaces are connected online and through a programme of travel exchanges, exhibitions and events. People use them to make things, show things, get inspired and connect with like-minded people.  

The Maker Library Network engages with different forms of making, from traditional craft processes to digital technology and everything in between. There are currently active Maker Libraries in the UK, South Africa, Turkey, Mexico, Nigeria and Ukraine as well as a growing portfolio of interventions and pop-ups. So far designers, architects, artists, craftspeople and curators, have shared their ideas, their practice, their process and their products in Maker Libraries around the world. Find out about the spaces and people involved in the programme in the Maker Libraries section.

The Maker Library Network is an ever-evolving platform, shaped in collaboration with the people and organisations who participate globally. Since 2017 the British Council has no longer been actively involved in shaping the Maker Library Network yet it continues through the active members who run Maker Libraries across the world. This website still contains information relating to the activities that took place between 2014 and 2017 but is not a reflection of the Networks current activities.

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7 March 2017

Maker Library Network: Think-ahead-tank

Maker Library Network: Think-ahead-tank © Kat Gollock

© Kat Gollock

7 March 2017

Maker Library Network: Publication launched

Maker Library Network: Publication launched © Kat Gollock

© Kat Gollock

7 March 2017

Maker Assembly Edinburgh

Maker Assembly Edinburgh © Kat Gollock

© Kat Gollock

28 February 2017

Maker Assembly Edinburgh line-up confirmed

Maker Assembly Edinburgh line-up confirmed © Keziah Suskin

© Keziah Suskin

24 January 2017

Maker Assembly Edinburgh: International Edition

Maker Assembly Edinburgh: International Edition Dan Sumption

Dan Sumption

14 September 2016

Making workshop at Machines Room for LDF

Making workshop at Machines Room for LDF  Image by IZONE Creatve Community, Kyiv Ukraine

Image by IZONE Creatve Community, Kyiv Ukraine

18 July 2016

MLN Residency Outcomes: Craig Dunlop

MLN Residency Outcomes: Craig Dunlop

17 June 2016

Open Studios at East London Printmakers

Open Studios at East London Printmakers

15 June 2016

Saber Creativo launches in Mexico City

Saber Creativo launches in Mexico City © Laboratorio para la Ciudad

© Laboratorio para la Ciudad

14 June 2016

The First Maker Library Network International Residency

The First Maker Library Network International Residency  Craig Dunlop | Photograph by Keziah Suskin

Craig Dunlop | Photograph by Keziah Suskin

10 June 2016

Maker Library Launch: IZONE

Maker Library Launch: IZONE

29 May 2016

Maker Library Launch: Stranger

Maker Library Launch: Stranger

11 May 2016

Maker Library Residency at MAKLab in Dumfries, Scotland

Maker Library Residency at MAKLab in Dumfries, Scotland  MakLab

MakLab

6 May 2016

Maker Library Network Residencies at Machines Room London

Maker Library Network Residencies at Machines Room London

4 April 2016

Maker Library Network Think Tank

Maker Library Network Think Tank

28 March 2016

Maker Library Resident Showcase: Matt Gilbert

Maker Library Resident Showcase: Matt Gilbert

16 March 2016

Maker Library Launch: East London Printmakers

Maker Library Launch: East London Printmakers

29 February 2016

Workspace Project: TEN - The Employable Nation

Workspace Project: TEN - The Employable Nation  Keziah Suskin

Keziah Suskin

5 February 2016

Opendesk at Maker Library: ATÖLYE İSTANBUL

Opendesk at Maker Library: ATÖLYE İSTANBUL  © OPENDESK

© OPENDESK

25 January 2016

Made You Look film screening at Maker Library: Atölye Istanbul

Made You Look film screening at Maker Library: Atölye Istanbul   © Made You Look

© Made You Look

4 January 2016

Stephen Calcutt's Book Selection

Stephen Calcutt's Book Selection  Darwin Amongst the Machines book cover © Helix Books

Darwin Amongst the Machines book cover © Helix Books

30 December 2015

Delphine Dallison's Book Selection

Delphine Dallison's Book Selection  Cabinet of Natural Curiosities book cover ©TASCHEN

Cabinet of Natural Curiosities book cover ©TASCHEN

13 December 2015

Machines Room Project: Maker Library Residencies

Machines Room Project: Maker Library Residencies  Maker In Residence sign at Machines Room

Maker In Residence sign at Machines Room

5 December 2015

MLN at the first Maker Faire Africa in Johannesburg

MLN at the first Maker Faire Africa in Johannesburg Thingking

Thingking

18 October 2015

Maker Library: Laboratorio para la Ciudad

Maker Library: Laboratorio para la Ciudad

4 October 2015

Maker Library: ATÖLYE Istanbul to launch at Mini Maker Faire Istanbul

Maker Library: ATÖLYE Istanbul to launch at Mini Maker Faire Istanbul ATÖLYE Istanbul, Bomonti, Istanbul.  © ATÖLYE Istanbul

ATÖLYE Istanbul, Bomonti, Istanbul. © ATÖLYE Istanbul

20 September 2015

Machines Room Project: Maker Mile

Machines Room Project: Maker Mile  MAKER MILE LOGO

MAKER MILE LOGO

9 September 2015

Fixhub at Maker Library: Machines Room

Fixhub at Maker Library: Machines Room Maker Mile map and logo

Maker Mile map and logo

8 September 2015

Do, Flex, Test - Dialogues in Design Making

Do, Flex, Test - Dialogues in Design Making Cover of Do, Flex, Test - Dialogues in Design Making © British Council, Buro Buro, Regina Pozo

Cover of Do, Flex, Test - Dialogues in Design Making © British Council, Buro Buro, Regina Pozo

16 August 2015

Maker Library Network @ Innovation Month ZA

Maker Library Network @ Innovation Month ZA Innovation/ ZA

Innovation/ ZA

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