Hackspace Library

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The Hackspace Library consists of books donated or long-term loaned by members, focusing primarily on making, hacking, and reusing.

It is located in the comfy area, creating a dividing wall between the studio and the comfy area.


Current Library Catalogue

The Catalogue is a work in progress and edited by User:Kate.

Catalogue Categories

The Catalogue is currently divided into 10 categories:

  • Business - For books on running a business, management, employment, etc.
  • Computing - For books on computers, computing languages, robotics, etc.
  • Craft - For books on textiles, papercraft, etc.
  • DIY - For books on woodworking, making things, repairing things, etc.
  • Electronics - For books on electronics and electrics
  • Fiction - For any fiction
  • Learnings - For any books on passing tests, studying a subject, etc.
  • Nerd Culture - A catch-all for any books that have topics that are popular in hackspace life, including pop culture, open source, and hacking
  • Photography - Books on photography
  • Science - Books on science

These categories are mutable and may be removed or appended at any time.

Borrowing Books

Books can be borrowed when needed. A system is being organised for borrowing, but it will be fairly simple and not requiring more than noting that a book exists, but it is out with a member.

Giving Books

Donations are always gratefully accepted. A system is currently being put into place so that books can be donated and then categorised accurately and quickly.

When donating books, please do not place them amidst the current library without notifying User:Kate. This ensures they will be categorised!

Long-Term Loans

Long-term loans of books are appreciated. A system is currently being put into place for loaned books are marked as such, to ensure a minimum of damage or loss.

Currently, the best option is to place a post-it note in the front of the book with your name. This will then be picked up by Kate, and added to the catalogue notes.

Hackable Books

There will (and should) be books in the library that can be converted into other uses.

These books will be marked in the catalogue as "Hackable" and will have a post-it note inside stating so.

If donating books that can be hacked, please place a post-it note in the front of the book with "Hackable" on it.

If hacking a book, please take photos of your work, so that we can show off the awesome work you do.


The Hackspace also has a Nook Simple E-Reader, named NottingNook.

NottingNook will host a wide range of out-of-copyright fiction and non-fiction, including many books on making.

The list of books on NottingNook is being created and will be on this site shortly.

We ask that NottingNook does not leave the space.