Resources/Library/Dead Tree

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Our excellent library


If you use a book or like it, and want to make sure it doesn't get weeded, please write your name or something indicative of your interest on the inside front cover.

Noisebridge has a lot of them, they're mostly sorted, mostly sitting on our South wall shelf. Here's a rough description of what books can be found where.


  1. Small black shelf on west side of library
    1. Kids' books
    2. RPG books
    3. General interest, how-to
  1. Taller shelf on west side
  2. Politics, philosophy, fiction, art
  1. North wall
    1. Graphics programming books at top and along the east side
    2. Math and science
    3. Computer and Internet culture
    4. Programming Languages, Hacking
    5. Computer Science books
    6. Operating systems
    7. Network
  1. North wall near electronics area
    1. Electronics books
    2. Parts catalogs


The books are currently for the most part sorted thanks to Al. Proposed systems to help keep the books mostly organized:

  • Color code or number shelves and books. Books that belong on the "Yellow" shelf will have a yellow sticker on it.
  • Leave it chaos
  • bar codes or QR codes or library of congress index numbers

Library Catalog

A library catalog system for Noisebridge would be awesome! Here are some requirements, adding items to this list doesn't actually mean anything.

Cataloging and checkout are separable problems.

High Priority

  • Open source software with a nice license that wont fuck us over in the future.
  • Web based.
  • Quickly add books to the library via ISBN or bar code scan.
  • Book search returns the last known location of a book (such as "Green Shelf" or "Book Case 8").
  • Books can have a checked out status in addition to its last known location, date of check out should be displayed.
  • Users can check out books without the need to register, as in when they check out a book it'll ask for a name and email, blank entries should be allowed as anonymous.
  • Users who leave an email address will get a reminder email with a list of books they have checked out once a week.

Low Priority

  • Integration with
  • Book search returns results with descriptions and a cover scraped from some other part of the internet.
  • Library database in an open format to easily export later on.
  • Ability to use a barcode scanner.

Possible Solutions