The Space Library



What is The Space Library?

The Space Library is an initiative to help new communities participate in satellite missions, engender public engagement in space science, and to fuel new research by improving access to scientific research artifacts and supporting their reuse. To achieve this our team is developing open metadata and enabling public engagement with space technology in public libraries. 

Space Library Projects

The Space Library has two projects underway that are being jointly executed by Wolbach Library and our project partners at the Libre Space Foundation




MetaSat is a project to develop and prototype open metadata to link data, software, and hardware from small satellite missions. MetaSat is being designed in collaboration with the small satellite community and piloted on SatNOGS, Libre Space’s open source network of satellite ground stations. We will assess the success of this pilot by seeking feedback from:

  • groups currently running satellite missions
  • groups planning missions
  • groups with missions that have ended
  • novices who have only a basic familiarity with satellite technologies

Library Space Technology Network (LSTN)

To engage novices with MetaSat, we are installing open satellite ground stations at five public libraries. Installing ground stations in different library settings will enable our team to get feedback from novices on Libre Space's implementation of MetaSat, and supplement feedback from people already participating in small satellite missions. Libraries participating in our pilot will also help us plan for educational programs and resources to go with the ground stations. We plan to expand LSTN pending the success of our pilot.



Funding for the Space Library has been provided through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Image: NASA. 2016. ELaNa IX STMSat ISS Deployment. 2016.