Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Makerspace?

Makerspaces are collaborative learning environments where people come together to share materials and learn new skills, nurtured by a mindset of community partnership, collaboration, and creation. This space gives the Brock community hands-on access to emerging technologies and provides a space for all to play, learn and invent.

Who can use the space?

Anyone in the Brock community, this space is for you! If you are interested in learning more about emerging technology and love to tinker, create and collaborate, come to the Library Makerspace.  Visit us during operating hours or sign up for a workshop on Experience BU,

The Makerspace is located in Brock University’s Library at the St.Catharines campus. The entrance to the Makerspace is room 211 on the main floor right in front of the AskUs Desk.  We’re open 10- 4 on weekdays to the Brock community.

To book a tour contact us at makerspace@brocku.ca

There is no cost to use the equipment in the space. We currently have some supplies available for purchase at the Ask Us Desk. We also encourage sharing your work on social media via photos or blog post. Tag us on social media i.e. Twitter, Instagram, with #brockmakerspace #brocklibmakes. Or you can write a short testimonial to be featured on our blog.

We have a basic stock of materials suitable for each of the machines available.  We currently use PLA plastic for the 3D printers and we have basic components needed for electronics prototyping.  For further details, see equipment descriptions.  You can also use your own materials, just check with us first to make sure they are suitable for the machine you intend to use.

Makerspaces are DIY workshops, so you will be responsible for manufacturing your model yourself during our operating hours and we’ll help guide you through the process.

Commercial projects and longer printing jobs are better done elsewhere than in our Makerspace with limited capacity and the ‘share your work’ principle. Check out BioLinc or the IRC for other printing needs.

We encourage creativity however the Makerspace does not allow the production of weapons, objects with sexual nature or anything that conflicts with the Brock Human Ethics code.

For first time users we recommend to visit ExperienceBU and join the Library Makerspace organization and reserve a workshop on the topic of interest. For the following visits, once we’ve seen you can handle the printing process without too much assistance, if the 3D printer  is not occupied you can make use of it.

We are open Monday to Friday from  11 am – 4 pm.

Questions?

If you have more questions contact us in-person in the Makerspace, by telephone at 905-688-5550 x 6438, or by email at makerspace@brocku.ca