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Maker Library Network


The Maker Library Network (MLN) was initially commissioned for the British Council’s Connect ZA season, to connect designers and makers in the UK and South Africa. The Maker Library Network concept was created and developed by Daniel Charny and From Now On in collaboration with the British Council.

A Maker Library provides the framework to programme events and projects in order to strengthen connections and open-up a maker-space or studio to the local community, connect to members of the international Network, and communicate with the general public.

The Maker Library Network offers participants support through means of a toolkit and resources, as well as opportunities for mentoring and travel, exposure and collaborations. Each Maker Library is led by a maker (Maker Librarian) who is interested in fostering creative, social thinking and learning through making by running a programme of activities and workshops in their space. As an active member of the MLN community, the librarian has an opportunity to contribute, connect and learn with like-minded people. Librarians adapt the MLN principles for their local environment, location and objectives; whether in their studio, a makerspace, or a mobile vehicle.

The programme is being developed in a collaboration between the British Council's Architecture Design Fashion & Creative Economy teams. 

To find out more contact - maker(dot)libraries@britishcouncil(dot)org