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David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons



McHenry Library, Room 0349

The VizLab is designed to facilitate student engagement in digital media through the use of visual technologies. The lab includes a high performance, graphics intensive workstation with available 3D modeling, animation, and Virtual Reality software.

We invite the entire campus community to experiment with these exciting new tools! Develop virtual or augmented reality content and tools, interact with imagined worlds, and promote cultural and historical sustainability. 

Reserve the VizLab  ➚


The VizLab includes:

  • HTC VIVE Virtual Reality environment
  • A high performance workstation
  • Brainstorming and team meeting space
  • An associated VIVE headset and remotes will also be available with reservation

This space is reservable for class sessions, workshops, project development and project team meetings.

Students are also able to check out hardware necessary for creating visual content including 360 cameras, GoPros, DSLR cameras, video cameras, and other media capture devices. 


Interested in learning more about VR?  The DSC will be offering an Intro to VR workshop!

VR Equipment

Project Partners

The DSC is investing in visualization infrastructure to enable the entire campus community with the opportunity to create and critique large-scale visual scholarship.  This project aims to:

  • Increase campus use of virtual and augmented reality
  • Impact teaching and learning through visualization
  • Enable creative practices for student learning
  • Support innovative faculty research
  • Encourage entrepreneurship amongst UCSC students


We are thrilled to partner with IDEA Hub ➚ and CITRIS and the Banatao Institute ➚.