Little Free STEM Library

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Little Free STEM Library
Little Free STEM Library
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Did I win the contest? When will I receive my prize?

If you are a winner, we will contact you directly via email to arrange the shipment of your prize.

I submitted my project but it says "Awaiting moderation". Will it affect my eligibility?
As long as you submit your project before the deadline it doesn't matter when it is moderated. Just sit back and enjoy a well deserved break!
My project is locked and I can't edit it anymore. Why is that?
All projects entered in the contest are locked after the submission deadline to ensure that they remain the same during the judging process. They are then unlocked after winners are announced.
Somebody copied my entry! What can I do?
When judging entries, we take into account the submission date. When an entry is clearly plagiarized from another, we favor the original entry. If you believe the result of the judging is unfair, please email us at to appeal.
What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for judging, you must meet ALL of the following requirements unless otherwise stated:

General Requirements

  • You must be registered as a participant for this contest.
  • Your entry must be your own original work.
  • Your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other Hackster contest.
  • Your team is no more than 5 members per entry.*

*By entering a submission to this contest on behalf of a team, you acknowledge that you are the designated representative authorized to act on behalf of your team. (See full rules below for details)

Hardware/Software Build Requirements

  • Your project must be a tech-enabled Free Little Library, you're free to choose and use any hardware/software combinations.

Project Documentation Requirements

  • Your project must include a project name, short project description, cover image, bill of materials (BOM), full instructions, images, and relevant resource files (schematics, code, CAD).
  • Your project must be written in English.
  • Your project must be submitted by Oct 31, 2023 at 9:00 PM PT.
What are the judging criteria?

Your project will be judged according to the rubric below.

  • Registration (10 points)
    Each year, hundreds of thousands of people use the world map to find Little Libraries. It may be the most important step you can take to get people to visit your Library! Easily register your library on the map. Include your charter number in your project to earn full points.
  • Creativity (30 points)
    How you are transforming the simple box to a lively, tech-enabled one? Show us your creativity.
  • Project Documentation (30 points)
    Show how you created your library, including images, screenshots, and/or a video demonstration of your solution working as intended.
  • Community (10 points)
    Include in your story what your community is like? What kind of neighborhood it is located in. Videos of street shots are encouraged to receive full points.
  • Stewardship (20 points)
    If you have the STEM kits, how would you further engage your local community to spread awareness? Tell us how you either work independently or have strategy work with other STEM education stakeholders such as local schools or advocacy groups to promote literacy.
What are the prizes?
Most Over-Engineered Library
  • STEM Library Starter Pack + eGift Card + Avnet's magazine feature
Most Secure Library
  • STEM Library Starter Pack + eGift Card + Avnet's magazine feature
Most Illuminated Library
  • STEM Library Starter Pack + eGift Card + Avnet's magazine feature
Most Eco-Friendly Library
  • STEM Library Starter Pack + eGift Card + Avnet's magazine feature
Runner Ups
  • STEM Library Starter Pack (4 are available)
What are the steps to enter the contest?

Step 1: Register for the Contest

  • Start by creating a free account on (or sign-in if already a member).
  • Register for the contest by clicking “Register as a participant”.

Step 2: Build and Document Your Project

  • Build your project according to the submission requirements.
  • Document your project build using Hackster’s project template. To create a new project, click “create new project” on the contest page or the “+” symbol in the top right corner of your Hackster page.

Step 3: Review and submit your project

  • Review your project and make sure it meets all the submission requirements.
  • Upload a previously created project by clicking “add existing project” on the contest page.
  • Submit your project by Oct 31, 2023 at 9:00 PM PT by clicking “review and submit project” on the contest page.
What is the contest timeline?

Contest begins:

June 19, 2023 at 9:00 AM PT

Submissions close:

October 31, 2023 at 9:00 PM PT

Winners announced:

November 20, 2023

When will winners be announced? Where can I see the list?

Contest winners will be announced on November 20, 2023. The list of winners will be visible on the main page (Contest brief).

Who is eligible to participate?

You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

  • You are at least 13 years of age
    If you are 12 years or younger, you must receive a legal guardian's permission and have them complete Hackster’s contest permission form prior to submitting an entry into this contest. Send any questions to
  • You are not a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria
    US export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to the countries listed above, therefore residents of these countries are not eligible to participate in this challenge.
  • You are not involved in the execution or administration of this contest.
  • You are not an immediate family member or household member of a Hackster employee.

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