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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