Located within the south computer lab on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library, the Makerspace 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 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. Makerspace support staff are available during the following hours:
|Monday||9 am – 12 pm|
|Tuesday||2 pm – 7 pm|
|Wednesday||9 am – 12 pm|
|Thursday||2 pm – 7 pm|
|Friday||9 am – 7 pm|
|Saturday||9 am – 7 pm|
Additional support resources
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, 3 mb).
The Makerspace’s selection of tool kits are ideal for a variety of maker-related student projects. Tool kits available include:
- Cartman 136 Piece Tool Set
- Oria Screwdriver Set
- Hot Glue Gun Kit
- Sewing Starter Kit
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:
- Arduino ARDX
- Arduino Mega
- Arduino Uno
- Supply Starter Kit
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:
- Raspberry Pi 2
- Raspberry Pi 3
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:
- TM4C123G (Tiva-C Series)
“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.
Reserve the Makerspace (faculty only)
The 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.
Tell us what you think
Tell us your how you use the Makerspace or make suggestions for future maker services by filling out the Makerspace feedback form.