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rLAB – Reading’s Hackspace / Makerspace

for makers, menders, re-purposers, creators, sharers and teachers – come join our community workshop, with amazing equipment and members to match

Please note
Open nights are cancelled until future notice

Given the current status of the Coronavirus outbreak, the directors of rLAB / Reading Makerspace have decided, as a precaution, to cancel open evenings to non-members until further notice.

Please check out our Google Group for the latest updates.


As a community run workshop, we are run, maintained, funded and governed by our members. We have no paid staff, everyone volunteers to keep the space clean, tidy and the tools operational. Members are also responsible for holding inductions, running workshops and sharing their knowledge / expertise.

Membership is only open to those 18 years old and above, though parents can bring their children if they are adequately supervised. We ask for a regular monthly donation of £25 which covers our rent, rates, bills and allows us to maintain and upgrade the space and the tools it holds. If you have a lower income we can be flexible with this donation, just ask.

Becoming a member

Before you can become a member you will need to attend one of our open evenings (currently cancelled due to coronavirus), or if these are unsuitable contact us to see if we can arrange a different time. You will need to provide contact details and bring a form of Photo ID (Passport, driving license, identity card, student ID etc). There is also an Induction to the workshop which covers the main operational and safety issues. These normally start at 9pm on a Wednesday and can take 1 to 1½ hours depending on numbers.

On completion you will be issued a smart card which gives you 24/7 access as long as you keep up monthly donations, otherwise your card will become inactive

There are separate inductions available for the larger / more dangerous tools, these can be arranged using the Google Group once you are a member.

You can find out more about us an what we are up to on

Twitter   /   Facebook   /   Google Group   /   rLAB Wiki


rLAB / Reading Hackspace are trading names of Reading Maker Space Limited, a non-profit company limited by guarantee, registered number 07628386