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New Access Policy

For a trial period of 3 months, Noisebridge shall be open, from 23:00 to 10:00, only to Members, guests of those Members present in the space, and those people with two Member endorsements in the membership binder...

see Meeting Notes

Noisebridge Hours Frequently Asked Questions

The answer to the question "when is Noisebridge open?" is somewhat complicated. The short answer is that it's almost always open, but new people shouldn't drop by in the middle of the night since there's only a few people around to make introductions. The long answer is best given in the form of a conversation much like this one:

Q: When is Noisebridge open?

A: Noisebridge is open to the general public from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Public access to the space is not allowed after 11:00 PM until a member opens the space at 10:00 AM.

Q: I can come use the tools there any time I want?

A: If you know how to get in, yes.

Q: Aren't you worried about people coming in and ripping off your tools?

A: That would be unexcellent of them, and the people in the space would probably do something about it if they saw it happen.

Q: What people?

A: Whoever is at Noisebridge.

Q: There's someone at Noisebridge all the time?

A: Almost always, yes.

Q: Do they work for Noisebridge?

A: No. Noisebridge doesn't have any employees. Only volunteers.

Q: Do they live at Noisebridge?

A: No. Noisebridge isn't zoned for residential use and no one lives at the space.

Q: Then why are there always people at Noisebridge?

A: The many people who use Noisebridge have different sleeping habits, and it just so happens that there's almost always someone there working on something.

Q: Who's in charge then?

A: No one in particular.

Q: Then why hasn't it burnt down?

A: Because someone would notice the fire, put it out, and then the arsonist would get kicked out of the space permanently. We would then have a lively debate amongst ourselves about the merits of fire art and freedom of expression.

Q: But I thought you said no one is in charge?

A: Everyone who visits Noisebridge is expected to do their part in keeping the space safe, including doing whatever it takes to make sure the building doesn't burn down. That includes you.

Q: So I'm in charge?

A: No, you're merely expected to do something about someone trying to light the building on fire.

Q: But what if the person who is lighting the building on fire is saying the fire is necessary to keep the space safe?

A: That's ridiculous. If you think about it, there is no circumstance in which burning the building down will improve Noisebridge in any way. Therefore, the person setting the fire is wrong and you can ignore him or her.

Q: Ok, then who sets the hours for Noisebridge?

A: Members of the Noisebridge non-profit corporation.

Q: Does that include me?

A: No, unless you've become a member.

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