About the Materials Library

The Materials Library is a collection of some of the most wondrous materials on earth, gathered from sheds, labs, grottoes and repositories around the world. It is a resource, laboratory, studio, and playground for the curious and material-minded to conduct hands-on research through truly interdisciplinary inquiry and innovation. The collection is accessible to Institute of Making members day to day, and to the public at Materials Library Discovery sessions. Sign up to our mailing list to find out when the next session will be held.

The Materials Library was established in 2005 by a team of passionate material addicts Martin Conreen, Zoe Laughlin, and Mark Miodownik. In 2011, the collection became the central resource of the Institute of Making and in 2012, the project moved from King’s College London to a specially designed new space at University College London (UCL).

In its new home, the Materials Library has grown and developed, remaining at the heart of the Institute of Making alongside the Makespace workshop, enabling users to experience at first hand the relationships between materials and tools that constitute processes of making.

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