The UH Libraries’ Makerspace, located within the Learning Commons on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library, offers a unique opportunity for students to collaborate, create, and learn. This specially equipped space provides tools and support for anyone working on projects, making objects, or building electronic devices. All students on the UH campus, regardless of their college or department, are encouraged to explore the space and all that it offers.
The UH Libraries’ Makerspace offers five work “bays” that are open to individuals or groups to use when engaged in maker activities. A sixth bay offers access to high-end electrical measurement and testing equipment. Walk-up use and class reservations are available.
Basic device and project assistance is available from library staff in the Makerspace support space (lovingly known as the “Den”) on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is required. Support times vary by semester, please visit our website for the current schedule.
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Reserve the Makerspace
The UH Libraries’ Makerspace is available for reservation by current UH faculty for use with maker-related classes, programs, or activities. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability and approval. To request use of the library’s Makerspace, please complete our Makerspace reservation request form.
While students are welcome to bring their own materials to the Makerspace, the MDA Library also offers checkout of a variety of tool kits and low-power microelectronics. All kits are available for 2 week checkout and have $9/day overdue fines. For more information, view our complete Makerspace Kit Parts List (pdf, 4 mb).
The Makerspace’s selection of tool kits are ideal for a variety of maker-related student projects. Tool kits available include:
Arduino Starter Kits
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform suitable for users with no experience with electronics. Each kit includes the Arduino board and supplies/accessories to complete beginner-to-intermediate level projects. Arduino kits available include:
Raspberry Pi Starter Kits
Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer for electronics and programming projects. Each kit includes the Raspberry Pi computer and supplies/accessories to complete beginner-to-intermediate level projects. Raspberry Pi kits available include:
TI LaunchPad Kits
The TI LaunchPad kit is a general-purpose microcontroller for electronics and programming projects. Each kit includes the board and supplies for intermediate-to-advanced level projects. TI LaunchPad kits available include:
“Makerspace Your Way” Custom Kits
Students working on advanced electronics projects can request a custom microcontroller accessory kit through the “Makerspace Your Way” request system. To request a custom accessory kit, please complete our “Makerspace Your Way” request form.
Or, visit the MD Anderson Library Learning Commons area to test your projects using our available in-library oscilloscope, multimeter and power supply. Available equipment includes: