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UW Seattle Makerspaces & Tools

Access+ Workstations

The UW Libraries has software available for you to use when creating your next digital scholarship project.  Computer Workstations are available to faculty/students/staff with UW NetID login. Provide access to:

  • Email & Internet
  • Virtually all databases and online resources licensed by University Libraries
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access
  • Additional software and hardware

Locations: All Libraries branches

Active Learning Classrooms

Active learning classrooms (ALCs) are interactive, interdisciplinary spaces where information and technology are combined to facilitate scholarship. Faculty have a unique opportunity to explore how space and technology can promote student learning. Alcs support case-based learning, guided inquiry, peer learning and just-in-time learning, all of which are increasingly the basis for how classes are taught.

Red Square on Campus Map Location: Odegaard 136 and 141

ArcGIS Software at the University of Washington

Explore the connections between data and maps by creating your own maps.  Software is available in three labs on-campus.  GIS Lab assistants are available in Suzzallo Library to assist with locating geospatial data, integrating data into GIS projects, and basic ArcGIS functionality.  Check lab hours for details on when assistants are available.

HUB - Grieg on Campus MapLocations:


Area 01

An interdisciplinary learning destination feature a maker space, music and video labs and a gaming area in Maple Hall.

Maple Location: Maple Hall

Collaboration Studio, Simpson Center

Reserve this space when collaborating on your next digital scholarship project.  This space is perfect for classroom, meetings, roundtable discussions, small-scale working conferences.  Equipment available includes HDMI cables (available by front desk request), Mac desktop, PC (Dell) desktop, multiline phone, printer, TV, UW Wi-Fi, white boards (10), laptop (available by advance request), moveable furniture.  Contact schadmin@uw.edu to reserve this space.

Padelford on Campus Map Location: Communications 218D

CoMotion MakerSpace

The CoMotion MakerSpace provides access to equipment, training, and space to turn ideas into reality, and a social, collaborative environment for creators to connect with each other and work in teams.  The mission of CoMotion is to be the collaborative hub for expanding the societal impact of the UW community by delivering the tools and connections that UW researchers and students need to accelerate the impact of their innovations.

Fluke on Campus Map Location: Fluke Hall, Suite 215

Digital Scholarship Research Guide

Read through our tips for getting started on your digital scholarship project and browse our list of potential tools to help you complete your project.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab

Create maps in the GIS Lab.  The GIS Lab is provided by the University Libraries to support the use of GIS for coursework and research by UW students, faculty, and staff. Groups are welcome to work together on GIS assignments in this space. GIS Lab staff are available to assist lab users with locating geospatial data, integrating data into GIS projects, and basic ArcGIS functionality.

Red Square on Campus Map Location: Suzzallo Library ground floor, West of the Government Publications Reference Desk, adjacent to the Government Publications Stacks

Health Sciences Library

Collaborate on your next digital scholarship project using media:scape workstations, audiovisual equipment, and lab study rooms.  The Health Sciences Library and the HSL Commons Computer Lab supports the educational missions of the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work. Check here to find out more about accessing their computer classrooms and equipment.

Health Sciences on Campus Map Location: Upper level in the T Wing of the Health Sciences Building

Mathematics Research Library

Access mathematics and statistics computing software including Mathematica, MATHLAB, and SAGE, LaTeX, and publishing on our public computer.  Get research help and access to materials in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, and Statistics.

Padelford on Campus Map Location: C-306 Padelford Hall


Create videos, listen to and edit music, digitize and preserve vintage media at the mediArcade!  The mediArcade, recently opened by Suzzallo and Allen Libraries’ Media Center and is a destination for media creation and preservation.

Equipment and software available at the mediArcade include:

  • 6 iMacs with Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Compressor, Audacity, Handbrake, MS Office, MPEG Player, Quicktime Pro, Piezo, and more.
  • 3 - 65" Samsung TVs with region-free Blu-Ray, DVD, and VHS players. Supports 8 viewers per screen.
  • Sony WiiU, Playstations 2 and 4, and X-Box 360 game consoles.

HUB - Grieg on Campus Map Location: Allen Library North 381F

Metadata Guidelines

Metadata helps you describe your content in a way that helps people find it.  Find metadata guidelines for people who want to mount digital collections using CONTENTdm software, a display system for digital collections used at the Libraries.

Music Listening Center at the Music Library

Compose music using Finale or Sibelius and digitize LPs at the Music Library. A complete list of Music Library computer software/equipment can be found here; highlights include USB LP turntable, scanner, Oxygen 8 keyboard (for composition), and Finale (music composition software).

Quad on Campus Map Location: 19 Music Building, Ground Floor

Odegaard Library Learning Commons

Provides access to powerful computer workstations, useful software packages, innovative technology studios, help desk services, and more.

Red Square on Campus Map Location: Odegaard Undergraduate Library

Research Commons

Forge interdisciplinary connections in this technology-rich space.  The space provides a collaborative environment in which students and faculty can come together to share and discuss research, as well as get support for all steps of the research process: searching, writing, publishing, and funding.  The Research Commons is a place to collaborate and connect with fellow students and faculty on research projects.  It is a place for workshop and presentation opportunities, and a place to discover what your peers and colleagues are researching.  The Research Commons also includes a Pixel Sense for displaying digital scholarship work.  Graduate students interested in displaying their digital scholarship work in the Research Commons may contact vkern@uw.edu

HUB - Grieg on Campus Map Location:  Allen Library South, Ground Floor

Simpson Center for the Humanities

Getting started on your digital scholarship project?  The Simpson Center has compiled a list of suggested tools that may help.

Software for the UW (UWare)

Create digital scholarship projects any time, any place from your own computer.  Download software at reduced or no cost, thanks to various license agreements with software vendors.

Student Equipment

UW Information Technology (UW-IT), Classroom Technology and Events (CTE) , and Health Sciences Academic Services and Facilities (HSAS&F) in conjunction with the Student Technology Fee Committee (STF) and the Services and Activities Fee Committee (S&AF), are pleased to offer technological equipment for free loan to students.

UW Libraries Special Collections

Explore our rare and archival materials covering a broad range of topics, formats, and periods. Special Collections also offers Reproduction Services.

HUB - Grieg on Campus Map Location: Allen Library South, Basement

WRF Data Science Studio - UW eScience Institute

Get help with data management planning and more!  The Studio is a public space for research collaboration, with open work areas, casual seating and small quiet meeting rooms. In addition to Data Scientist Hours, UW Librarian Hours are also held.
During each two-hour slot, librarians will be on hand to provide support and guidance in their relative areas of expertise. This includes support for finding and accessing data, data management planning, data organization, reuse of data, data sharing and storage, data citation, instruction, literature review, publications, citation management tools, physics / astronomy / mathematics research, and more.

Physics-Astronomy on Campus Map Location: WRF Data Science Studio, 6th floor Physics/Astronomy Tower