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David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons

To view online support services for Digital Scholarship during the Spring 2020 Quarter, visit our modified home page.

      The DSC is excited to offer students and faculty a free way to use Virtual Reality on campus and at home! On campus the VizLab in McHenry 0349 can be reserved for VR with an HTC VIVE. The room has a high end PC compatible with Virtual Reality enabling access to cutting edge VR for everyone! Additionally, the DSC offers check outs of a take home VIVE headset, Gear VR, and Google Cardboard!

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VizLab in McHenry Library, Room 0349

The VizLab includes:

  • HTC VIVE Virtual Reality headset with reservation
  • A high performance PC workstation
  • Brainstorming and team meeting space
  • Whiteboards and desks


The VizLab is designed to provide access to high end VR equipment to facilitate student engagement in new digital media. We invite the entire campus community to experiment with these exciting new tools! Develop virtual or augmented reality content, interact with imagined worlds, and promote cultural and historical sustainability.

  • The space is reservable for class sessions, workshops, and project development or meetings.
  • Students are able to check out equipment for creating visual content including 360 cameras, GoPros, DSLR cameras, video cameras, and other media capture devices. 
  • Want to learn how to set up VR? Stop by our Walk In Hours without a reservation and learn how!


SPRING 2018 Walk iN HOURS:

Monday 4-6

Wednesday 4-6

Thursday 10-12

Checking Out Equipment

To check out equipment first view it's availability online then check it out at the Media Desk on the ground floor of McHenry. To view an item's availability, click on the equipment above that you wish to check out and click check availability. There will be information about how long hardware is able to be checked out as well as its availability in green text. If you wish to check out hardware for an extended period of time fill out our request form here.


  • Note: If hardware is returned late, fees will be applied by the hour. Return it early to avoid any problems. $2 per hour / partial hour 


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 ➚.

Idea Hub CITRIS and the Banatao Institute