Our Technology-Enabled Spaces provide the tools you need to support your research and practice. Visit our 1:Button Studio to make video recordings at the push of a button and explore our Makerspace, Virtual Reality Studio, and Data Visualization Center. Use our Productivity Workstations for graphic design, data visualization, statistical analysis, and more! 

1:Button Studio

The Bio-Medical Library's 1:Button Studio is a fully automated HD video recording space with professional studio lighting and sound equipment. It is set up to record high-quality video projects without any knowledge of lights and cameras. 

Data Visualization Center

The Data Visualization Center features a high-performance computer with specialized data visualization software (NVIVO, Tableau) as well as a 75 inch monitor and group seating area for presenting and sharing data on a larger scale. 


Learn, make, and innovate in our Makerspace located in 314 Diehl Hall. Find the tools you need to support design development, rapid prototyping, and exposure to emerging technologies in healthcare. Available equipment includes 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, a sewing machine, a soldering iron, a hot glue gun, electronics and programming tools, and more. Current hours are Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Virtual Reality Studio

The Virtual Reality Studio is located in the Bio-Medical Library's Makerspace in 314 Diehl Hall. An Oculus Quest, as well as a library of software, are available, and all University students, staff and faculty may demo VR technology in the Makerspace during Makerspace open hours.

Individual Computing

Productivity Computer Workstations

Seven specialized computer workstations featuring extra large monitors and a suite of productivity software are available for use on the Library's 2nd floor.  

Available software includes: ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite, Audacity, iMovie, JMPPro, NVIVO, Open Refine, R, SPSS, SAS, and Tableau Public.

External hard drives are available for checkout at the 2nd floor service desk for projects that have large storage requirements.

Priority use is given for use of multimedia, statistics, GIS or data visualization tools. Instructors may also request access to productivity software for classes by contacting medref@umn.eduNon-priority users may be asked to relocate to another station.

Public Computing

Computer labs on the 2nd floor are for general study and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitor access is granted at the 2nd floor service desk (valid government-issued ID required). Additional computer workstations can be found on the 3rd floor.  

Collaborative Computing

Collaboration Hub

Our Collaboration Hub - just inside the library at our 2nd floor entrance - provides tables and computers for collaborative work. The space is available to UMN faculty, staff, and students on a first-come, first-served basis, when not in use for library consultations.

Media Display Collaboration Table

Try our new Media Display Collaboration Table technology on our 2nd floor - which allows you to plug in your computing device to share and collaborate instantly.  The Media Display Collaboration Table provides an area for group work and a 42 inch monitor to share content for collaborative work. The space is available to UMN faculty, staff, and students on a first-come, first-served basis.

1:Button Studio
1:Button Studio

Reserve a 1:Button Studio today!

Reserve a studio for up to 4 hours/day, up to 2 months in advance.

  • Data Visualization Center
  • Tech Lab / Virtual Reality Studio