New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library

This makerspace logo was designed, handcrafted, and generously donated by Candyce Valor.


It all began with this exciting announcement from January 2014:

The New Brunswick Free Public Library is one of fifteen libraries statewide awarded funds from the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, through the New Jersey Library Makerspaces – The Leading Edge initiative. The initiative is to form creative laboratories where New Jersey residents can share resources and knowledge, collaborate on projects, network, and create.

The library will create a Handcrafting Makerspace. The goal is to provide access to materials and equipment used in both handcrafting and traditional methods of creation, including sewing machines, printing with transfer paper, button making, knitting, and small looms. There will be opportunities for all ages and for all of New Brunswick's diverse populations to make use of this expansion of the library’s service.

The NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace launched on Saturday, September 13, 2014. The community was invited to check out the cool new stuff the library now has for everyone to use in creative ways. Paper crafts, sewing machines, jewelry making, and more ways to make things by hand were featured during this open house event. For information about the New Brunswick library’s Handcrafting Makerspace, call the library’s Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20.

View pictures of the Kickoff, as well as other past programs, on our Flickr account!

The library's community room will function as the makerspace on event dates: programs will be listed as soon as possible. See below for event information to find out when to come visit this new addition to the library's services!


All events are free and open to the public.
All ages are usually welcome, though some events may have restrictions.
Please ask at the reference desk (732-745-5108 ext.20) for more details.

Download a PDF Makerspace Event Flier:
for September.

~ The Makerspace will be getting back on schedule this Fall! Stay tuned for more event details in the months to come. ~

Wednesday, September 16

Jewelry Repair
Bring in any of your own jewelry items that are in need of repairs and join Ms. Rosy for a fix-it-up session using our makerspace tools!
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Wednesday, September 23

Button Making
Make yourself a unique pin-back button using discarded book pages and/or other provided supplies!
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room

Wednesday, September 30

Sewing 101 Follow-Up: Sew in Swirls
Do you need to finish your project from the Sewing in Swirls workshop on August 19? Or did you miss that class and want to learn those techniques? Come to this follow-up session to work on your own circular coaster, rug, or medallion necklace!
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
*Registration required: Please sign up at the reference desk or call 732-745-5108 extension 20. Young children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult: Minimum age to attend is 8 years old.

Check back often, as additional events are posted as soon as possible! Review some past event calendars here.

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equipment listing

Please call the library (732-745-5108 extension 20) or stop by the reference desk to ask a librarian about any projects you may like to work on!

Download the button template here: any image that can fit into the 2.25 inch circle can be made into a button! (For those interested in the specific type of button maker we have, find that information here.)

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Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-9pm; Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sunday*: 1-5pm (*except in Summer)