getting started

We’re excited about people replicating our work across the country, and want to offer our tips on how to start a makerspace. Are you starting a makerspace? Let us know on our contact page!

We plan to develop a more detailed online guide for making new makerspaces, and need your help. Please donate today to help us make a guidebook and a choose-your-own-adventure budgeting/purchasing tool.

While there is no set method for starting and operating a makerspace, we can help others avoid recreating the wheel by sharing our experiences. Here are a few things you might find useful:


Hackerspace Design Patterns
Made by hackerspaces from all over the world

How To Start A Hackerspace
Made by hacker Eric Michaud


Budget for Detroit Public Library HYPE Teen Center Makerspace
Made by Jeff Sturges, Conductor of the Mt. Elliott Makerspace

Budget Template for Makerspace startup and annual operations
Made by Jeff Sturges, Conductor of the Mt. Elliott Makerspace


Making The Future
Made by Cognizant Technology Solutions

Learning Labs In Libraries And Museums
Made by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the MacArthur Foundation

identity & graphics

Mt Elliott Makerspace Graphics
Made by Wedge Detroit. If you use or adapt these graphics for your own Makerspace, please credit Wedge.

examples of youth & all-ages makerspaces

Parts & Crafts
MakerKids Toronto
LA Makerspace

library makerspaces

Detroit Public Library HYPE Teen Center Makerspace – Detroit, MI
Fayetteville Library Free Fab Lab – Fayetteville, NY
Westport Public Library Makerspace – Westport, CT

support resources

Maker Educational Initiative
Made by Make Magazine, and supported by Cognizant, Intel, O’Reilly, and Pixar

projects, tutorials, curricula

Parts & Crafts Projects - compliments of William MacFarlane of Parts & Crafts
Exploratorium Education Tools
Make Projects
Adafruit Industries
MIT Media Lab High-Low Tech Tutorials, Soft Circuits Facilitators

tools, materials, kits

Maker Shed
Adafruit Industries
Carl’s Electronics
Quality Kits