On any ordinary day at the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library, students can be found tinkering with robotics, designing prosthetics, and even creating 3D replicas of the University's Fremont Canon. The possibilities for innovation are endless thanks to the makerspaces and resources available.
The library, located at the University of Nevada, Reno, has received the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada's Most Innovative Space Award. The EDAWN award is given to the facility with the best use of space. Not only is the DeLaMare a place for innovative ideas, the DeLaMare itself is creating a new model for libraries everywhere.
The DeLaMare provides many resources and technologies that promote an innovative and collaborative culture. It was recognized as one of the most interesting makerspaces in America by Make Magazine. A makerspace is an area that promotes new ideas and inventions by providing the tools for people to discover, create, design, model, engineer, and learn.
The innovative environment is not exclusive to the science and engineering department; Tod Colegrove, Head of the DeLaMare Library says that all are welcome to test out their ideas no matter what discipline they're in.
Some of the tools for innovation available at the DeLaMare consist of 3D printers and scanners, laser cutters, advanced computer software, Oculus Rift glasses, and other advanced technologies.
The DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library is located in the Mackay School of Mines and is open to the public seven days a week. Members of the Reno community are welcome to use the resources in the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library that cannot be found anywhere else in Reno.
People interested in learning more about the DeLaMare Library can visit www.delamare.unr.edu.