6 Studios to Discover, Envision, and Invent

Two men looking at a 3D printing screen; one man reaches out to screen


Create with Newman Library at the Studios Open House, Tuesday February 20 from 3 – 6 p.m. Housed in the library is a 6-studio, 7-space network that offers the equipment, space, and services you need to explore and make. These spaces not only enhance your ability to produce great work— they also break barriers to make room for interdisciplinary collaboration, professional guidance, and cutting-edge digital experience. Here are 7 spaces where possibility lives:


3D Design Studio


person holding a 3D-printed dog pelvis


The University Libraries’ 3D Design Studio (Newman Library Room 2010) is equipped with 12 FDM printers and 2 resin SLA printers, enabling you to print any design or model. Whether you are looking to print a dog pelvis replica (above) for a Vet Med class or a figurine of your favorite landmark, the trained 3D Design staff will assist you at any point in the printing process. Better yet, the whole thing is free: even the printing filament is provided. All you need in order to print is a flash drive with either an .stl or .obj file. And if you’re not sure where or how to start, the student specialists will get you set up and ready to create!


Learn more here

Contact: 3DStudio@vt.edu

Hours: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 1 – 5 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday 12 – 6 p.m.


Data Viz Studio


Data Viz Studio; student points to a data visualization on a large screen tv


The university is constantly looking for cutting-edge and innovative ways to present research, and effective communication is key when it comes to sharing data. Our new Data Viz Studio (Newman Library Room 2030) offers students and faculty the skills and software needed to convert hard data into clear and unique visualizations. Not only does the Data Viz Studio offer workshops on data visualization concepts and software, but it also offers free, professional consultations on how to optimize your data presentation, both graphically and conceptually.


Learn More here

Contact: datavizstudio@vt.edu

Hours: Monday – Friday 2 – 7 p.m.


Virtual Environments Studio


A student is wearing a VR headset (HTC Vive) and is facing a gray wall


Experience the immersive fun and versatility of virtual and augmented reality with the University Libraries’ Virtual Environments Studio (Newman Library Room 4020). Visit us online or stop by to book time to use the latest virtual environment technology— the studio offers Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Microsoft HoloLens technology among other features such as a VR backpack for free movement and a GTX 1080Ti graphics card for crisp, lag-free, and vivid play. We even offer studio blackbox movie and theme nights for quick and exciting VR engagement! Better yet, the Virtual Environments Studio is open to and absolutely free for anyone.


Learn more here

Contact: virtualstudio@vt.edu

Hours: Monday – Friday 4 – 8 p.m.


Fusion Studio


A small keyboard called "Octivs" on display for showcase attendees

Virginia Tech emphasizes strong, interdisciplinary research and coursework. The Fusion Studio (Newman Library Room 2036) facilitates this type of undergraduate work by offering students the space and support to bring together different fields of study into one cohesive project. The studio gives full swipe access to group members who apply online, and it comes with open whiteboard, A/V, laptop, and workspace usage for the project duration. For shorter projects, the studio also holds individual workshops! Fusion Studio has already played a major role in furthering interdisciplinary research: the group project Octivs (above) won 2 awards at the ICAT Creativity and Innovation Day last May.


Learn more here

Contact: fusionstudio@vt.edu

Hours: Regular library hours and by appointment


Media Design Studio A


Photo of a Nikon camera, VR headset, and microphone on a table in a studio with several desktop computers in the background


If you’re in need of a laptop, camera, voice recorder, GoPro, iPad, VR headset, or any other multimedia device, then Media Design Studio A (Torgersen Hall Room 3320, through the fourth floor of Newman Library) is the place for you! In addition to the many items we loan out, we also have 7 media workstations so that you can use the software you need to bring your projects to life. You may have even heard about our Nintendo Switch, lent to those who need an extra boost of creativity.


Contact: Neal Henshaw at nhenshaw@vt.edu

Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday – Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.


Media Design Studio B


Digital Media Studio B; photo of a green screen with a chair in the middle, a video camera across from it, and a couple lights angled toward it


From media novices to media experts, Media Design Studio B (Newman Library Room 209) is a space for members of the Virginia Tech campus community to create various types of media, including video and audio. Use our variety of hardware, software, and spaces to carry out multimedia projects on your own or with help from our staff. Some technologies include a Learning Glass, 4k recording capabilities, a One Button Studio, a 6 x 6 ADA-compliant sound booth, and multiple workstations. If you’re new to the Media Design Studio, go to our website to request a consultation! After receiving your request form, we will help you determine the type of service your project needs and help accomplish your media design goals.


Learn more here

Contact: Kayla McNabb at kmcnabb@vt.edu

Hours: Regular library hours and by appointment


Data Transformation Studio


the Data Transformation studio, a space with several computers, tall ceilings, and a large window


Work with trained consultants on the recovery, curation, sharing, and archiving of your research in the Data Transformation Studio (Newman Library Room 3010). Open to anyone, and especially useful for researchers in need of specialized data assistance, this studio offers support for managing research media. You can also use specialized equipment such as geospatial data processing stations and our forensic recovery of evidence device (FRED) for more outdated and hard-to-access media. If you have tricky data files (on floppy and Zip discs, for instance) or simply would like to learn more about the data lifecycle and preservation processes, the Data Transformation consultants are available every weekday.


Contact: datatransformation@vt.edu

Hours: Monday – Friday 1 – 5 p.m.


The University Libraries welcome everyone to these 7 interactive learning spaces! We offer the support and tools you need to learn about and create research, art, and cross-discipline networks. Each studio is free to use, so don’t hesitate to come explore or sign up for some time online!


Written by Alec Masella