Empowering Creativity: Exploring Makerspace Realities and Challenges in Public Sector University Libraries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan


  • Afsheen Department of Library and Information Science, Sarhad University of Science and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan.
  • Zakria Islamia College Peshawar, Pakistan.


Makersapce, Universities, University Libraries, Challenges, Strategies, Librarians


Purpose-The purpose of this study is to investigate the current status and challenges faced by makerspaces in public sector university libraries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, aiming to provide insights for enhancing their effectiveness in fostering creativity and innovation among students and researchers.

Methodology/ Research approach- This study utilized a quantitative survey with a structured questionnaire, involving 80 librarians from 34 public sector universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The questionnaire, based on current literature, was distributed via email, Google Docs, and social media platforms for wide participation. Total 69 responses were received from the university librarians. Data analysis was conducted using SPSS software, focusing on descriptive statistics and Likert scale responses. 

Findings/Outcomes of the study- The analysis revealed a moderate perspective regarding the availability of tools and engagement in diverse projects, reflecting the current status. Challenges encompassed staffing expertise, technology infrastructure, funding allocation, awareness promotion, institutional support, and curriculum integration. Proposed improvement strategies focused on staff training, securing diverse funding, integrating curricula, fostering external collaborations, enhancing community engagement, and promoting interdisciplinary initiatives. These findings highlight the necessity for holistic strategies to bolster makerspace effectiveness and sustainability within university libraries.

 Practical implications– This research provides valuable insights for policymakers, senior administrators, and library managers in establishing makerspaces in prestigious academic institutions. Key recommendations include enhancing staff training, diversifying funding sources, integrating makerspaces into curricula, promoting collaborations, fostering community engagement, prioritizing funding, and improving institutional support. These strategies are crucial for optimizing makerspace effectiveness and sustainability in university libraries, making our findings essential for decision-makers shaping education and innovation in these institutions.




How to Cite

Afsheen, & Zakria. (2024). Empowering Creativity: Exploring Makerspace Realities and Challenges in Public Sector University Libraries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Journal of Computing & Biomedical Informatics, 7(01), 389–402. Retrieved from https://jcbi.org/index.php/Main/article/view/505