Building a Makerspace Library

Building a MAKERSPACE LIBRARY : Having books on topics related to makerspaces is essential for supporting the independent learning of your makers.  In this post, I offer up ideas for books to add to your makerspace library.  |

The Makerspace Library

I’ve been a Maker in one form or another for a long time, way before that word was even common.  I learned how to sew from my mom in high school, I learned how to knit and crochet from my best friend in college, and I frequently dabbled in other crafty enterprises as well.  While I would tend to learn the initial skill in person, my favorite place for improving my skills was the public library.  I think there was a period where I had checked out just about every book under 746.63 (knitting) and 646 (sewing).

One of the best things I've knitted ever

One of the best things I’ve knitted ever

Supporting our Makers through the collection

Fast forward to 2014.  There’s a ton of amazing posts out there on all the gadgets, gizmos and supplies to stock for your students in a Makerspace, but there’s very little advice on books to get to support the skills your students are learning.  Once kids get started with robotics/knitting/coding/soft circuitry/insert-Maker-skill here, they’re going to want to learn more about it.  And while there’s certainly tons of Maker tutorials out there on the internet, shouldn’t our libraries be supporting these new skills with books as well?

Before we even had any Makerspace supplies at my school, I wrote a grant to create a STEM Maker Library, adding $1,000 worth of books to our collection about Arduino, 3D printing, origami, duct tape crafts, LEGOs, etc.  These books have been checking out like crazy, and they’ve been an important part of our Makerspace program.

I’ve shared that post with many people, but I wanted a way to continue to share more ideas for great books we should be providing to our kids.  Enter my Makerspace Books Pinterest board:


My Makerspace Books Pinterest Board

My Makerspace Books Pinterest Board

I wanted a visual way to continually add more books to recommend for supporting Makerspaces and building up a makerspace library.  Some of these books are geared towards educators who are wanting to know more about the Maker Movement.  Some are geared towards students with project ideas.  Some are geared towards cool science projects kids can do with their families.  And I think that they can all have a place in our library.  I haven’t read every single one of these books, and I don’t have all of them in my collection (yet).  So obviously, do your usual vetting before going out and purchasing the entire board.

Makerspace Books Pinterest

Have you used Pinterest to curate lists of books before?  What was your experience like?

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog & is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.


  1. […] This post shared about a grant I wrote last year to add more Maker books to our library.  At the time I wrote the grant, we had barely started our Makerspace, but I knew that was the direction we were headed in.  With this grant, we got books on LEGOs, Arduino, crafting, and all kinds of cool DIY books from Instructables and Make. This has helped me to see how important it is to have physical books in your library that support the Maker activities your students are interested in.  I revisited this idea last week with a more expansive post on Building a Makerspace Library. […]

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