Sewing and 3D printers for you to try inside Wollongong Library

NIFTY: Ashleigh Butler demonstrates one of the new learning tools at The Lab which is inside Wollongong City Library. Picture: Sylvia Liber
NIFTY: Ashleigh Butler demonstrates one of the new learning tools at The Lab which is inside Wollongong City Library. Picture: Sylvia Liber

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to 3D print something or use a sewing machine to stitch up that hole in your jeans you can do it now at Wollongong City Library.

New collaborative learning space The Lab officially opened on Monday and will host regular skill workshops across a variety of areas likes coding for kids and how to make your own cosplay outfits set for 2018.

Wollongong’s manager library and community services Jenny Thompson said many of their courses would help people refine their IT and employment skills, especially for resettled refugees and the long-term unemployed.

“We’ve evolved away from the idea that libraries are storehouses for books, we’ve evolved into places and spaces where we want the community to come and engage with a whole range of different resources,” Ms Thompson said.

iPads and laptops will also be available for use in workshops, while virtual reality hardware can assist in children and adults learning to code their own computer game or program.

While library users can also logon at home to up-skill through a range of courses like web design, photographer, business and more.

The Lab was made possible through a NSW Government grant, allowing council to provide greater access to technology for the unemployed or those at risk of becoming unemployed.