Enjoy our Makerspaces
Our libraries offer a variety of digital spaces, clubs, programmes and workshops that are both fun and educational.
Jump into technology by exploring our Makerspaces - laboratories where you can explore hangarau (technology) and have a go at robotics, 3D printing, app making, music production and much more. Get a head start on computing with your kids or use our resources to give new technologies a go!
- Glenfield Library's 3D printing workshop covers the basics of 3D printing using Tinkercad to build a simple object. These objects can then be printed to take home! These workshops are aimed at school-aged children. No need to book a place, simply turn up after school on Thursdays during school term time only.
- Birkenhead Library's weekly Tech time for kids on Thursdays encourages you to explore creating robots, apps, digital music and 3D printing. Try something new and connect with other kids and parents with similar interests during school term time.
|Exploring electronics with a Makey Makey kit.|
South & East
- Te Matariki Clendon Library's Makerspace is open during library hours. Pop in and ask about trying out their PCs with Ubuntu Studio, booking sound recording suites, 3D printing, playing Xbox 360 and more! If you're on the path to becoming a singing sensation our technical team can help you!
- Panmure Library's music lab is another excellent location to launch your music career! Chat with the Panmure Library staff to book a session with the equipment and ask for help and advice.
|An artist singing at Panmure Library's music lab.|
- Whau libraries have come together to create the Whau Makerspace, which rotates between Avondale Library, Blockhouse Bay Library and New Lynn Library. Whau Makerspace has access to a Ultimaker 2 3D printer and laptop for printing 3D designs, laptops for game design, music-making and 3D design, and robotic Cubelet kids for making robots.
- Glen Eden Library holds a Makerspace session every Tuesday after school during term time only. Join them to find out more about robotics, electronics, stop motion, game making, Sphero robotic balls and more!
- Te Manawa has a creative hub that you can use during library hours. Visit or contact the Te Manawa team to book a session with the 3D printer or other equipment.
|This young maker turned a picture into a game!|
- Central City Library Makerspace is all about providing you with a space where you can design, create and build all sorts of things like robots, apps, digital music and electronics using tools such as 3D printers, laptops, coders, circuit boards and chemistry sets. It's all about trying something new, meeting people who have similar interests and making stuff!
You can use the Makerspace facilities during library hours, contact their friendly staff here to book a session with the 3D printer or other equipment, including three Linux computers running open source software (e.g., Audacity, Openshot, Gimp, Blendr), a keyboard piano, and a Singer Heavy Duty 4411 sewing machine!
- The Waiheke Library Makerspace is the perfect place to play, tinker and explore using a range of resources and technologies. Join the team at Waiheke on Sunday mornings to experiment with robotics, programming, augmented reality, video games, 3D printing, and more.
|One of our Ultimakers beginning a 3D print job.|
Looking for specific help, or need to come in at a different time to those listed? Chat with your friendly local librarians about our Book a Librarian service and arrange one-on-one sessions with our expert staff.