The Creativity Commons is a local makerspace and a space to foster innovation and creativity by providing library users from all backgrounds with the opportunities and resources they need to pursue a lifestyle of learning to thrive in the connected age. Generally, it’s a place to play with technology & STEAM education tools for learning and executing creative endeavours.
The Creativity Commons is located at 90 Commercial Street in Nanaimo and on the second floor of the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library.
Where is the Creativity Commons?
90 Commercial St. Nanaimo, BC.
It is on the second storey of the Nanaimo Harbourfront branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library.
Is there a fee to use the equipment or membership costs?
Use of the labs and equipment is free. However, fees may apply for printing services.
Can I borrow the equipment and use it at home?
For now, the equipment can only be used in the Creativity Commons.
Will someone be available to help me?
There are staff available in the Creativity Commons whenever it’s open. All of us can get you started with using the equipment, and some of us can provide training on higher-level skills. The library also provides access to online training databases which we can assist you on accessing for more complex requests.
What if I don’t have a reservation? Do you have drop-in hours?
Yes; we understand that inspiration can strike at any time. The space and equipment are available on a first-come, first-serve basis if not already reserved.
All this creativity is making me hungry; can I snack while I’m in the lab?
To protect the equipment, only closed drink containers are permitted. No open drinks or food is permitted while using the equipment in the Creativity Commons.