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Greenbelt Makerspace Cooperative Tool Lending Library

The Greenbelt Makerspace Cooperative has created a tool lending library.  We also plan to return to developing resources and programs to engage our members in activities related to science, technology, arts, and crafts.  We depend on annual memberships, donations, grants, and sponsorships. 

The tool lending library is like a public library, except for borrowing tools and other non-media items.  Among the advantages are: 

  • Equity: provide access to everyone for making repairs and creating
  • Sustainability: reduce number of tools manufactured and trashed
  • Community: abundance for all our neighbors
  • Growth: opportunity for growth, learning, experimentation
  • Cost: share cost of purchase and maintenance
  • Space: access to hundreds of tools without needing to store them
  • Knowledge: space for learning, training and workshops
  • Confidence: build skills and confidence at your own pace

 

 

News

Sewing Machine Class on 2023 Nov. 19 at 1 pm

The Greenbelt MakerSpace is offering a sewing machine class on Sunday, November 19 at 1 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of The Granite Building (entrance across from the Coop). Learn how to use a sewing machine! We have some sewing machines and you can bring your own for more individualized instruction. Participants are welcome to bring their own projects to receive help with them. Sewing machines can be borrowed from the MakerSpace tool library. Sign up with this form. We are requesting a $25 donation, either on PayPal or through your Tools.GreenbeltMakers.org account.


Repair Cafe on 2024 March 16 from 10 am - 2 pm

The next Greenbelt MakerSpace Repair Café is Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Granite Building, 115 Centerway. Come learn how to repair your tired or broken stuff or help repair others’ items (experienced and novice volunteers are welcome). Bring clothing, furniture, appliances, computers, jewelry, toys, etc. for the challenge of making it useful again. Please volunteer to help at the repair cafe, email staff@make125.org. Part of the International Repair Cafes .

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Quilting Class on 2024 March 17 at 1 pm

The Greenbelt MakerSpace is offering a quilting class for beginners on Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of The Granite Building (entrance across from the Coop). Have you ever wondered how to get started quilting on a sewing machine? What tools do you need, how do you read a quilt pattern, and how to start putting your fabric blocks together? This beginner session is for you. Come sample what it takes to get started. Please bring your sewing machine, white cotton thread on a spool, sewing notions, and ideas for your quilt.  Participants are welcome to bring their own projects to receive help with them. Sewing machines can be borrowed from the MakerSpace tool library. Sign up with this form. We are requesting a $25 donation, either on PayPal or through your Tools.GreenbeltMakers.org account.



Items to borrow

Hand tools

Power tools

Plumbing

Electrical

Automotive

Sewing and crafts

Kitchen and household

Yard and Garden

Art, Music, Audio-Visual

Books

More on the left

We Need Volunteers, especially Sign up to staff a time slot 

Volunteer form

We also need Donations (money and tools). We are operating using annual library/membership donations (with sliding scale by income), late fees, grants, and other donations, to defray the costs of rent and insurance.


Tentative Hours (depends on volunteer staffing)

Saturday hours 10 am - Noon

Sunday hours 11 am - 1 pm

Special requests to staff@make125.org


Our location

In the bottom floor of the Granite building in Roosevelt Center
        use the side (south-west) entrance with the stairs going down

Greenbelt Makerspace Cooperative
115 Centerway, suite 108
Greenbelt MD 20770


Contact us

https://www.greenbeltmakers.org/

Facebook: facebook.com/MakerSpace125

Email: board@make125.org

The Greenbelt Makerspace Cooperative is a 501 (c)3 non-profit tax-exempt organization (EIN: 81-4735855) since 2016, originally as Club 125 in April 2013




How to Join

To join the Tool Library, create an account at our online library and certify that you will abide by the Liability Waiver and Indemnification Agreement, Borrower’s Agreement and Code of Conduct (also in PDF to print and bring with you). Sign a paper copy of the application by visiting during our hours of operation. We apologize that we are asking for your information twice (online and on paper).


Please donate your membership dues online. Please donate what you can, such as this voluntary sliding scale membership dues schedule based on your individual income. Larger donations are definitely welcome. The upfront money will help the Tool Library buy more tools that you can borrow. There is NO additional fee to borrow tools - only if they are late or lost!


Suggested donations

Annual Income

Annual Membership

up to $25,000

$20

$25,000 to $50,000

$30

$50,000 to $75,000

$40

above $75,000

$50 Regular


Remember that the tools you are borrowing belong to the whole community – care for them, bring them back, and stay honest.


Tool Use and Safety

Please use tools safely. Check the manuals for proper use. We also have some safety sheets.

Tool Use Guides as videos


Thank you for joining the Greenbelt Makerspace Tool Library. 

Frequently Asked Questions


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Non-Makerspace News:

Free One-on-One Tech Support for Every Marylander

Marylanders Online is an initiative through the University of Maryland Extension (UME) and College of Information Studies (INFO) that aims to bridge the digital divide throughout the state of Maryland. Marylanders Online call center provides FREE one-on-one tech support to all Maryland residents on a variety of issues:

  • Any device support including, hardware and software
  • Assistance in getting connected with internet services
  • Affordable Connectivity Program application assistance
  • Connection to local organizations offering digital skills classes
  • And much more

Contact Marylanders Online
Tech support through the call center is available in English and Spanish.
Call Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Call: 301-405-9810/Toll Free: 1-866-206-8467

Email: marylandersonline@umd.edu
Website: https://marylandersonline.umd.edu/

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