Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Use of Makerspace & 3D Printing Technology 

Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Use of Makerspace & 3D Printing Technology 

Percentage of Libraries that have Invested in Makerspace/3D Printing Technology

We asked: Has the library invested in any Makerspace or 3D printing technology?

The majority in our sample of 118 schools had not invested in this technology. Only 23.7% had invested in any Makerspace or 3D technology; 73.73% had not invested.

We broke the data down according to field of study of the participating library officer. Library officials with a background in education were most likely to have embraced this technology (50%) while those with a law/business background were least likely to have invested in this (11%).

We broke the data out by age of the survey participant We found that library personnel in their mid-senior years 50-59, (25%) were most likely to invest in this technology. Directors under 40 were least likely to have invested in this technology (11%).


This study, based on data and commentary from 118 directors, deans and provosts of academic libraries, probes academic library use of and satisfaction with 3D Printing and other Makerspace technology. It looks at their current policies and future plans in this area. The report presents detailed data on the percentage of libraries that use the technology, how much they invested and how much they plan to invest in the future. It also presents specific data on the percentage of libraries planning to newly implement or expand their 3D Printing/Makerspace presence, and their level of satisfaction with the technology. Data in the report is broken out by numerous institutional and personal characteristics of the survey respondents, including size and type of college, public/private status, enrollment level, and tuition level, as well as the gender, educational background and age of the survey participant.

Table 1.1 Has the library invested in any Makerspace or 3D printing technology?
Table 1.2 Has the library invested in any Makerspace or 3D printing technology? Broken out by title of the survey participant
Table 1.3 Has the library invested in any Makerspace or 3D printing technology? Broken out by field of study of the survey participant
Table 1.4 Has the library invested in any Makerspace or 3D printing technology? Broken out by age of the survey participant
Table 1.5 Has the library invested in any Makerspace or 3D printing technology? Broken out for public and private colleges
Table 1.6 Has the library invested in any Makerspace or 3D printing technology? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of the survey participant’s college

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