3D Printing in Libraries Around the World
April 22, 2013 By Riel Gallant Introduction Since late 2011, when the Fayetteville Public Library received widespread media attention for its hackerspace, 3D printers slowly began appearing in libraries around the world, particularly in the United States. This report will present statistics concerning libraries in the world who have adopted 3D printing. This data in this report will be presented to show where 3D printers are being adopted by libraries around the world, what types of libraries are using them, how they are using them, and what kinds of 3D printers they own. 3D Printers in Libraries by Location Of the 51 libraries found to have a 3D printer within their facilities, only 25 have been confirmed to be actively using them for the public. Both categories together totalled: It is not surprising to see the U.S. is leading the movement of 3D printing in libraries, but the gap is surprisingly large. Types of Libraries The 51 libraries included public, academic, and school libraries.