MIT Hobby Shop

Hobby Shop

Learn By Doing

The MIT Hobby Shop is a fully-equipped wood and metal shop that teaches students the art of thoughtful design.

The Hobby Shop has fostered MIT’s spirit of learning by doing for over 80 years by providing tools, training, and assistance to all MIT students, faculty, staff, and alums interested in turning their ideas into reality.

The Hobby Shop - Spring 2021 

 Summer Hobby Shop orientation will return in June, 2021

*To gain access to the Hobby Shop you must have a Covid Pass and be living on campus. Undergraduates, Graduate and Post Docs with research, approved class assignment and approved extra-curricular projects will be able to join the Hobby Shop for the Spring term.


There is a multi-step process for gaining access to the Hobby Shop this term and it differs slightly depending on your MIT affiliation and type of work in the shop. 

Step 1: CovidPass and Building Access

If you are on campus, you should have CovidPass. In order to use the Hobby Shop, you must have w31 listed in your buildings. 

Please note that prior access to the building is not indicative of current access. Please double check before coming in.

Also note that just because your card works on the door, that does not mean you have permission on Altlas. 

On campus students may apply for hobby shop access for recreational and extracurricular projects.

All other work must be for research work or academic classes. 

Email Coby ( if you need access or with any questions.

Step 2: Bookkit Reservation

All access to the Hobby Shop must be pre-scheduled on Bookkit. 

Please reserve as far in advance as you can and include a description of the work you are planning to do.

Email Coby (cobyu@mit.eud) for further clarification.

Step 3: Orientation 

If you have not been a member before you will need to attend one of our scheduled orientation sessions.

Orientation is also reserved using Bookkit. Space is limited.






Where are we?

W31-031. Our entrance door is near the corner of Massachusetts  Ave and Vassar St.. Come down the hall and dial the call box 3-4343.