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You are standing at the Library bookshelves in Noisebridge.

You see bookshelves with many books. You see a book scanner.

EXITS: Upstairs

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Noisebridge Library is a collection of physical and digital books you can read, donate to and help organize.

  • RESOURCES: The Noisebridge Library has many wonderful books!
RECRUITING! Maintainer volunteers wanted, consider volunteering to become a maintainer. (Edit)

About the library[edit | edit source]

The library can be found in the upstairs hallway of 272 Capp, across from the sewing and electronics rooms.

It is currently in a state of advanced disarray following the move; see this Discuss post for ways to help but mainly right now we just want to put all of the books into broad categories and get them neatly on shelves.

We have an electronic library catalog at but it's probably badly out of date and since everything is in piles right now it won't help you find things anyway. Help wanted.

Library: What's the point?[edit | edit source]

There's already a public library!

Since there's a public library, we're going to focus on books that fill the needs of people using the space right now.

Anyone can access what they want over the internet almost all the time!

If electronic books are already accessible, we can focus on the people who would still prefer to use a paper copy.

A more refined goal:

The mission of the library is to serve technical or hacker-y literature to people in Noisebridge right now.

How do we get there? Quantify, Expand, Prune!

  • First: Know what books we have. (in progress)
  • Second: Create a process to acquire books that fill the library's mission. (we need a lot)
  • Third: Prune our shelves a bit. Bring the average usefulness up. (needs work)

Searchable Catalog / library-org[edit | edit source]

We keep an online catalog of books in a LibraryThing collection:


  1. search - substring search by title, author, subject, or a number of other fields
  2. explore - see a list of all books, ordered by title, author, publication date, or entry date
  3. connect - Click on a particular book or author to see more information about them, collected by other users in the LibraryThing network
  4. new - add a new book (must be logged in to the Noisebridge account to do this! Ask Liz Henry or Milo Kim for the login info)

See the LibraryThing homepage for more info about its capabilities:

How To Scan Books Into LibraryThing[edit | edit source]

  1. Install the LibaryThing app on your mobile device
  2. Go from the app’s main page to “Add to Catalog”
  3. Check the book to see if it has a barcode you can scan. It should be either on the back, or (more rarely) on one of the inside covers. If it is, go to step 4. Otherwise, skip ahead to step 7
  4. Go from “Add to Catalog” to “Scan” by hitting the barcode symbol in the top right corner
  5. Move your camera so that the book’s barcode is in the box. You should see a new entry with the book’s title pop up; as soon as you do, move quickly on to the next book. You can scan multiple books at once this way, so I usually just line up several books side-by-side and scan them all in quick succession.
    • Warning: the scanner can be EXTREMELY finicky and sensitive, so you might end up making duplicate entries of the same book by accident. From the scanning page, go to “Review” and check that you only scanned the books you wanted to scan; if there are any new duplicates or other bad entries, swipe left on them to delete them.
  6. If the book doesn’t have a barcode to scan, it should usually still have an ISBN number (a 13-digit code, sometimes with an ‘X’ appended to it) written on the back cover (or at least the copyright page). Enter that into the search bar at the top of the “Add to Catalog” page, select the entry that looks like your book, and hit “Add to Catalog”.
  7. All done! Your book(s) is/are now saved in the LibraryThing catalog.

2022 Initiatives[edit | edit source]

As of July 2022, much of the information we have about the library is severely out of date, both in this wiki and in LibraryThing. Milo Kim is starting an initiative to re-catalog all the books and organize them into helpful categories. Right now, you can help by picking a shelf to work on (the physical shelves should still be labeled #1-10, starting with the shelves closest to the lounge), putting your name here, and then scanning each book on that shelf into LibraryThing by following the steps above.

Shelves to Catalog[edit | edit source]

  1. Milo - cataloged 7/2/22
  2. Milo - cataloged 7/16/22
  3. Milo - cataloged 8/10/22
  4. TBA
  5. TBA
  6. TBA
  7. TBA
  8. TBA
  9. TBA
  10. TBA

Probably outdated information[edit | edit source]

Our excellent library
This article seems to be really old or very much out of date, and may contain wrong info.

The below information is from the old space at 2169 Mission. Someone should probably go through and clean this up at some point.

Wiki-tip: You can check its history to see when it was last edited.

What can I do?[edit | edit source]

Lots of help is needed! There are 3 major things to do:

  • Initiative 1: Improve the collection: Collect sets of topic books from experts and source these books
  • Initiative 2: Add "topic"-based color on spine labelling system to library
  • Initiative 3: Improve [1] [2]

Things To Do[edit | edit source]

Initiative 1: Source New Books

  • Are you really good at something or reasonably well read? Make us a list of must-have books!
  • Add themed lists here: [[3]]
  • You can help acquire books by sourcing books on these lists!
  • Don't subtract them from the lists, we can make a system for checking them off
  • Who will give us great books? Anyone. Mailing list?

Initiative 2: Label by topic!

  • Label all books already in library-org with subject "color" on the spine.
  • Add: moveable magnetic labels you can slide paper into

Initiative 3: Improve library-org

  • library-org is a Flask app
  • Current capabilities: receive new books, substring search, add location to each book, register new locations.

Other Hackerspaces with Libraries[edit | edit source]

Bookshelf Directory[edit | edit source]

You can find where various categories of books are found by checking out the visual directories posted on the two main shelves.

The files for these directories with editable form fields:



Hacking the bookshelves[edit | edit source]

The bookshelves have LEDs that operate on the flaschen-taschen protocol. Learn more here.

How many books do we have right now?[edit | edit source]

A book barcode scannning effort was performed in October-December 2015 using noisebridge-bookscanner.

1657 books have been ingested into library-org using Open Library

IMPORTANT: If you do any of the work below, be sure to update the list to remove the ones you added.

Here is a list of the barcodes that aren't yet in library-org. Each one represents an unknown book... please solve me.

[023472033055, 044903006998, 037145005997, 065373004994, 071001002751, 070999003955, 076783007505, 070999002958, 037145006994, 072742002253, 070999006994, 072742006992, 076814002950, 076714003958, 071831003959, 099455005951, 065373004994, 076783005952, 076714003507, 037145007991, 048228513476, 071001005998, 044903006950, 051488012955, 689253595350, 071136003951, 071149003955, 037145005997, 078073002252, 081262218570, 071001006995, 048228007951, 051857024954, 081262224052, 784376003680, 081262484203, 081262462904, 076714004993, 081262224496, 081262224038, 099751187405, 046363021214, 046363020170, 046363020187, 046363020200, 046363021016, 046363020194, 046363021108, 080742060227, 046363090760, 046363090753, 046363091163, 046363091125, 046363092139, 046363091262, 046363010607, 073999992922, 761941237640, 078814003999, 081262224519, 636920003625, 636920005407, 074470844600, 074470844600, 071009002753, 037038018950, 725274844609, 016067014959, 045863052469, 636920000204, 636920928430, 636920923121, 852766001568, 639785300564]

One way to solve these is to google the UPC individually and find the book it corresponds to. At least one of the books in here is available this way. Try to find out which one!!

Here is a list of ISBNs that aren't in openlibrary or library-org. The workflow to add these is to find them on amazon, type the data into OpenLibrary, then import the OLID into library-org.

['2900814757108'(Cannot find online 7-2-16),'9780439740685', '9783000502132', '6879909851426', '9780765353702', '9780765365385', '9780765368669', '9871565045062', '9780615314389', '9781424335114', '9780471932192', '9780558496180', '9781426206399', '9781847084798', '9780991516650', '9780991516667', '9780991516643', '9781935182801', '9780204964261', '9780141033303', '9780558585112', '9780536403124', '9780071215572', '9780495563327', '9780988628601', '9788466632195', '9781848840294', '9783826614507', '9780486493480', '9780486491172', '9780596520762', '9781434891471', '9781935551034', '9781408809785', '9781741047394', '9781741046731', '9780849762635', '9781484076002', '9781435117419', '9781590599938', '9180581583909', '9781936754076', '9782021190496', '9780985978839', '9780954734510', '9780557604142', '9780982634813', '9780486492964', '9780486491677', '9780486780849', '9780138440930', '9781118446713', '5486951682406', '9780124077263', '9780521636360', '9781443728836', '9780495439455', '9780486493367', '9780486493831', '9780521627276', '9780071798990', '9773540605295', '9781849687881', '9780982106013', '9781782166061', '9780977920150', '9789861371429', '9781604390094', '2900471629473', '9782021190496', '9781107407367', '9781401222765', '9789861371429', '9780465030798', '9780134770840', '9780536647368', '9781596914520', '9780072123692', '9781906332150', '9781401222765', '9780536860194', '9780486493572', '9780486780405', '9780307908292', '9781446525807', '9784756242730', '9781570272424', '9780982106013', '9780982106006', '9780982106006', '9781422466018', '9781439040379', '9788131726266', '9780822020646', '9789866805271', '9781405471923', '9781889307305', '9783826609268', '9781893007246', '9780137130481', '9781618650566', '2370000094384', '9780486492773', '9780986650208', '9780984563531', '9781428205987', '9780486781211', '9781451656299', '9783950237238', '9780393078145', '9780486471426', '9780558389093', '9780486492841', '9780312664800', '9781423958925', '9781426020773', '9781426020896', '9781426020728', '9780486499826', '9780486493510', '9781405473699', '9780486497389', '9780486780498', '9781118736067', '9781435442023', '9781422466032', '9780314939449', '9780486497372', '9781624072680', '9780132730358', '9781449393090', '9781482614374', '9780865716513', '9781934781869', '0671436724', '0899430767', '0822951185', '055583874X', '0929001037', '0873938551', '0394467442', '020156291x', '020103803x', '093237607x', '020112078x', '0471304158', '0075537834', '012460515x', '3540550753', '091489465x', '047021533x', '020115790x', '187870723x', '013699976x', '084937104x', '093717579x', '8477780021', '0568810741',]

These partial codes are not in library-org. They were in the original barcode scan. They represent books but are incomplete. They may be LCCNs.

['15444007', '5712914', '096167237', '06182138']

Finding Books[edit | edit source]

If you want to find good books for our shelves, go to the San Francisco Public Library Steps Sale every Wednesday 11 AM to 3 PM at the SFPL main branch (civic center). Books are on sale for $1 each.

==Books We Want!== (also we need more zines !)

People with experience and opinions about various topics can add recommendations below for books we should buy for the library.

There should probably be a fourth column indicating if we have the book or not.

Cryptography[edit | edit source]

Curated by: isis

Title Author ISBN
Handbook of Applied Cryptography Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. van Oorschot and Scott A. Vanstone 0-8493-8523-7 pdf
Guide to Elliptic Curve Cryptography Darrel Hankerson, Alfred Menezes, and Scott Vanstone 038795273X pdf
Rethinking Public Key Infrastructures and Digital Certificates Stefan Brands 9780262526302 pdf

More Cryptography Stuff[edit | edit source]

Stanford RSA Survey

isis papers list

Mathematics[edit | edit source]

Curated by: begriffs

Title Author ISBN
Calculus Spivak 978-0914098911
Calculus Vol 1 Apostol 978-0471000051
Calculus Vol 2 Apostol 978-0471000075
Principles of Mathematical Analysis Rudin 978-0070856134
Real and Complex Analysis Rudin 978-0070542341
Calculus on Manifolds Spivak 978-0805390216
Counterexamples in Analysis Gelbaum 978-0486428758
Linear Algebra Done Right Axler 978-3319110790
Linear Algebra Problem Book Halmos 978-0883853221
Algebra Lang 978-0387953854
Algebra Isaacs 978-0821847992
Topology Munkres B004DX5K5K
General Topology Kelley 978-0923891558
Counterexamples in Topology Steen 978-0486687353
Beginning Logic Lemon 978-0915144501
A Mathematical Introduction to Logic Enderton 978-0122384523
Mathematical Logic Ebbinghaus 978-0387942582
Model Theory Marker 978-0387987606
Set Theory Jech 978-3540440857
Elementary Geometry from an Advanced Standpoint Moise 978-0201508673
Introduction to Geometry Coxeter 978-0471504580
Geometry: Euclid and Beyond Hartshorne 978-0387986500
Surreal Numbers: How Two Ex-Students Turned on to Pure Mathematics and Found Total Happiness Knuth 978-0201038125

"Data Science"[edit | edit source]

(observe the quotes...)

Title Author Suggested By
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Nassim Nicholas Taleb Danukeru
Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide Alex Reinhart Danukeru

Electronics[edit | edit source]

Curated by: Dakota

Title Author ISBN
Getting Started in Electronics Mims III, Forrest M. 978-0945053286
The Art of Electronics Horowitz, Paul 978-0521809269

Books of Interest - Aestetix[edit | edit source]

Curated by: aestetix

Title Author Suggested By
Godel Escher Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid Douglas R Hofstader aestetix
I Am a Strange Loop Douglas R Hofstader Danukeru
The Mind's I Daniel Dennett, Douglas R Hofstadter Danukeru
The Society of Mind Marvin Minsky Danukeru
The Emotion Machine Marvin Minsky Danukeru
The Art of Computer Programming Don Knuth aestetix
1984 George Orwell aestetix
Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution Steven Levy aestetix
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card aestetix
The Code Book Simon Singh aestetix
Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson aestetix
Code Charles Petzold aestetix
The Annotated Turing Charles Petzold aestetix
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce aestetix
Ulysses James Joyce aestetix
The Magus John Fowles aestetix
The Collector John Fowles aestetix
The French Lieutenant's Woman John Fowles aestetix
Technopoly Neil Postman aestetix
The Illuminatus! Trilogy Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson aestetix
Shrodinger's Cat Robert Anton Wilson aestetix
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand aestetix
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand aestetix
The Hacker Crackdown Bruce Sterling aestetix
I, Robot Isaac Asimov aestetix
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson aestetix
The Gold Bug Variations Richard Powers aestetix
The Codebreakers David Kahn aestetix
Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon aestetix
Little Brother Cory Doctorow aestetix
The Martian Andy Weir Danukeru

Books of Interest - Mitch[edit | edit source]

Curated by: Mitch

V Thomas Pynchon Mitch
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace Mitch
White Noise Don DeLillo Mitch
In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust Mitch
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner Mitch
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut Mitch
Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture Arthur Evans Mitch
Foucault's Pendulum Umberto Eco Mitch
Quantum Psychology Robert Anton Wilson Mitch
In the Absence of the Sacred Jerry Mander Mitch
Dancer From the Dance Andrew Holleran Mitch
An Arrow's Flight Mark Merlis Mitch
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf Mitch
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie Mitch
Passage to India E. M. Forster Mitch