Frequently Asked Questions


Are you a bookstore?

No. Makara is a nonprofit library & art center. Our books are free. We do, however, offer a handful of special editions and new books for purchase in the Makara Shop. Makara is an all-volunteer organization: 100% of proceeds from Shop sales are dedicated to educational programs and events.




What goes on at Makara?

In addition to the library collection, Makara regularly hosts programs and events focused on books, art, music, and creatures. Past events have included science presentations, literary readings, a hip-hop show, Tarot demonstrations, and a birthday party for Surreal artist Remedios Varo. If you would like to host a program or volunteer to lead a workshop, please contact




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What is a Makara?

Makara is a water monster in South Asian mythology described as part crocodile, elephant, fish, and peacock. It is made up of animals who rule the water and land and can be adaptable to changing and challenging environments. We named our organization after this creature because it embodies the power of imagination, storytelling, and unexpected programs that guide Makara's mission.