The creative space for your holiday crafts and innovative ideas

Kaylah Joelle Baker

Whether you are a hands-on, make-it-from-scratch kind of person, or aspiring to be one with a little guidance, the Library at The Dock’s Makerspace is the creative hub to be. 

Set to close from December 19, with a reopening date of January 3, now is the time to make the most of its offerings or to begin thinking about the 2023 creative aspirations you wish to pursue. 

Opened Tuesday to Thursday, and Sunday, the space is the ideal place to experiment and upskill with its free offerings for crafting, digital designing, engineering, coding, and music and video production. 

Since it opened, Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the Makerspace had only continued to provide many “wonderful offerings” and been “filled to the brim with all kinds of innovative technologies”. 

“Perfect for young and old, our Makerspace is a place to unleash your creativity and learn new skills – from music and video production to robotics, coding, repairing and embroidery,” Cr Capp said. 

An ideal spot for an end of year trip, or to tick off a “learn a new skill” new year resolution early, the Dockland’s Makerspace is the community hub where regular visitors have watched their creative ideas flourish and grow.


But for anyone unsure where to start, City of Melbourne staff will also be on-hand at the library to offer one-on-one support, and to connect visitors with online learning modules and knowledge resources.


Because no matter your level of skill or knowledge, the space is one that encourages and welcomes newcomers to learn and have questions about what they don’t know. 

“The Library at The Dock Makerspace is a wonderful space in a beautiful corner of our city – perfect for everyone to come and try something new,” Cr Capp said.

Further on from the usual day-to-day running, the Makerspace has also been host to a range of community events this year, from clothing repair workshops, to robotic technology sessions, community days, and game making days.

Following its break over the Christmas period, locals can be assured that its return in 2023 will only be bigger and better, as it continues to strive to be the creative space to be when it comes to fostering and shaping new ideas. 

As well as the Makerspace at the Library at The Dock, a space can also one found at Kathleen Syme Library, and a similar Make*It Space at the Elizabeth Street Pop-up Library. •

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