Making & Makerspaces at Cornell University Library

What are makerspaces?

“Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more” (Kroski, 2013).

Making Survey

The library’s makerspace task force is surveying people about what you make, would like to make (given training and tools), and can teach others to make. Please fill out this survey at to let us know and help create a transformative space for us all to design, create, learn from one another, and invent!

Consultations and Questions

WE'RE OPEN! See our website for current hours. Anyone wanting a 3D printing time, consultation, or making session (or those with questions or interested in partnering with us on classes or projects) outside of those times can contact or reserve a consultation online.

New mannUfactory makerspace in Mann 112

mannUfactory makerspace



in Mann 112  



Keep up with making activities at Cornell!

Want to keep up on events and chat with others about making things at Cornell? Join the list by emailing with join in subject line of blank message.

New mannUfactory website!

Check out the new mannUfactory website at!

new mannUfactory website

Digital CoLab in Olin 701

Digital CoLab

The CoLab in Olin Library 701 is a space for learning and exploring digital approaches to research. Our wide umbrella of "digital approaches" includes text analysis, interactive maps and data visualizations, network analysis, image analysis, digital publishing, digital exhibits, and anything else you'd like to ask us about. Digital research projects often require 1) learning new technical skills, and 2) teaming up with collaborators from different parts of campus. The CoLab can help with both of these challenges. Specifically, we offer:

  • Workshops. Get your feet wet with a new tool or skill, and see how it might assist your research or teaching.
  • Co-learning Groups. Build your competency and sophistication in your tool of choice in a weekly gathering of cross-disciplinary peers who are all working on similar problems. Meet potential collaborators. 
  • Classroom Instruction. If you're assigning a digital project to students, we can handle the technical instruction and troubleshooting. Let us know how we can help. 
  • Consultations. Meet one-on-one with a library staffer for guidance or ideas at any stage of your project.
  • Programming help. Python, Javascript, or some other coding challenge got you down? Get in touch for some assisted troubleshooting. 
  • Sign up for our listserv. The best way to keep up with events and new offerings!

For digital methods for research and teaching, contact Digital Humanities Librarian Eliza Bettinger (ecb4).