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Innovation Lab

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Inspiring businesses, schools and creative minds of all ages

The Innovation Lab is bringing the digital technology of the future to businesses, schools and communities in libraries across Gloucestershire.These friendly, creative makerspaces are designed to inspire creative minds of all ages, and offer the opportunity to test new products, learn new skills and to fire up creative ambitions.

Our first Innovation Lab at Coleford Library has been completely refurbished and was re-launched on 29 July, with a second Lab planned for Gloucester Library later this year.

The Innovation Lab has 3 strands:

Explore - Innovation for schools & students, inspiring the entrepreneurs of the future

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) focused workshops, delivered in partnership with SPP Pumps
  • Coding, robotics, virtual reality, micro-computers and creative digital projects
  • Design studio for students & creative minds

Discover - Innovation for businesses, designers, artists & entrepreneurs

  • Business focused innovation workshops 
  • Bring your ideas to life with 3D scanning, printing & prototyping, 360 immersive marketing 
  • Design studio for designers & artists
  • Equipment hire and training

Make - Innovation for makers, craft lovers and animators

  • Access to an inspiring, creative makerspace
  • 3D clay printing, digital sewing machine & graphics tablets
  • Bring your project to life with 3D printing, prototyping and digital making workshops


Are you ready to innovate your business, inspire your classroom and take your creativity to the next level?

As well as offering workshops for Schools, businesses and the community our more frequent users can sign up to a membership for just £10 per month. Members can access the Lab to develop independent projects, with or without the support of our Lab Technician.


The possibilities are only limited by your imagination, so visit the Innovation Lab at Coleford Library to explore, discover and make.


Can you help to connect more people with digital technology?

Our mission is to inspire individuals of all ages, empowering them to feel confident and excited by digital technology in a safe, friendly environment.

If you have some spare time and a passion for learning and inspiring others, your help as a volunteer will help us to deliver a wide range of activities that will excite and inspire all ages and abilities.

As an Innovation Lab volunteer you will:

  • receive and provide valuable training
  • do what you are passionate about and instill a passion for learning in others
  • inspire and support young people and help shape futures
  • meet great people of all ages from a variety of backgrounds
  • gain valuable experience and build a strong network
  • make a real impact on individuals and your community


Connect with us:

  • email The Innovation Lab Team
  • call in to Coleford Library and speak to one of our friendly team
  • follow us on Twitter, Youtube, Facebook & Instragram @ilabnetwork





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