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Technology & Spaces

In addition to standard computers, printers, and software, the Libraries offer tools and spaces to enhance your learning and expand your research capabilities.

Study rooms

Study rooms are small, enclosed rooms for groups of 2-8 people, ideal for studying, tutoring, working on a small group project, or interviewing. Visit the reservation page to get specific information on room capacity and equipment. For recurring reservation requests, email


Active learning classrooms

Equipped with multiple projections screens and flexible furniture, the active learning classrooms are designed for interactive, student-centered library instruction. These rooms can be used for faculty-librarian partnerships to enhance a course. No recurring reservations are accepted at this time. Contact for more information.

Geospatial and Data Visualization Lab

The GIS lab has four high performance PC workstations, each equipped with dual monitors. These workstations are designed for use by students, faculty, and staff who are interested in doing geospatial or data projects. Contact to set up a consultation.

Video Recording Studio


Created by Northwestern Engineering Professor, Michael Peshkin, Lightboard is a glass chalkboard that uses light to allow users to face viewers while writing and recording a lecture. The board is video taped in mirror reflection, giving users a quick and easy way to communicate technical subjects, equations, and sketches, all while engaging with the camera and the viewers. See Lightboard in action

One Button Studio

One Button Studio allows faculty, staff, and students to produce and record professional-quality video projects for no cost. All you need is a WildCARD to access the library and a USB flash drive to store your recording. Use the One Button Studio to record your presentation or lecture, deliver a research presentation, or to create an instructional demonstration. One Button Studio is has locations in both University (Main) Library and Mudd Library. For more information on One Button technology and equipment, visit the Northwestern Digital Learning page

RESERVE the video recording studio 

Maker Lab

The Maker Lab gives students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to bring their designs to life. The space is equipped with a 3D scanner and printers, as well as the software needed to create designs. A consultation is required to use the Maker Lab. For more information, visit the Maker Lab page.