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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. 


Link to 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!

VizLab Walk-in Hours

The VizLab has walk in hours where you can be shown how to use and reserve the equipment. 

Spring 2018 Hours:

  • Monday 4-6

  • Wednesday 4-6

  • Thursday 10-12

VR Equipment

VIVE Games and Apps

Want to use this space for a class?  We currently offer the following apps for you to use.  

The games and experiences on the VizLab are meant to support classroom learning and research. We will purchase games that are listed on course syllabi or requested as part of explicit research projects.


3D Organon VR Anatomy 
Google Earth VR ➚
Historium - History of Bruges ➚ 
Lifeliqe VR Museum ➚
The Body VR - Journey Inside a Cell ➚
The Museum of ThroughView ➚
theBlu ➚
Titans of Space 2.0 ➚


A Chair in a Room Greenwater ➚
Luna ➚
Project Syria ➚
Rez Infinite ➚
The Assembly ➚
The Lab ➚
Within ➚


Fantastic Contraption ➚
Google Blocks ➚
Gravity Sketch VR ➚
SoundStage ➚
TiltBrush ➚


View all Vizlab software

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 ➚.