Floor diagram of Scholars' Lab spaces
  • The Common Room:
    Alderman 419
  • Makerspace:
    Alderman 419
  • The Seminar Room:
    Alderman 423
  • The Classroom:
    Alderman 421
  • Open Office Hours
  • Staff offices

All hours & spaces

The Common Room of the Scholars’ Lab is open whenever Alderman is, and during the semester our central Makerspace is staffed from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Monday through Thursday and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Friday. Visit the Common Room, Seminar Room (Alderman 423), and Classroom (Alderman 421)! Scholars’ Lab staff offices are nearby, where our grad fellows also have access to a workspace and office.

The Common Room

Alderman 419

The Scholars’ Lab Common Room provides twenty computer workstations in both solo and small group/collaborative configurations. Sunny and open, it can be enjoyed as study space as well, with additional seating for about thirty-two people at tables and chairs and another fourteen at the laptop bar with a view of the patio outside.

We hold regular Open Office Hours during fall and spring term at the discussion area at the south (main entrance) end of the room.

Here is where you will also find our Makerspace.

  • Hours: The Common Room of the Scholars’ Lab is open whenever the main library is.

  • Size: seating for 66

  • Equipment: 12 Dell workstations with advanced software (plus AbbyyFineReader and Adobe Creative Suite); flat bed scanners (2 large format, 4 with multi-sheet feed); color and black and white printers.

  • Reservations: Typically not reservable, except for major library or university technology-related events. Contact scholarslab@virginia.edu for more information.


Alderman 419

The Scholars’ Lab Makerspace is a place for crafting, tinkering, and experimentation with technologies like desktop fabrication, physical computing, and augmented reality. Open to everyone—absolutely no prior experience needed!—we specialize in hands-on approaches to research questions in the humanities and arts.

Partially assembled Sparkfun Inventor's Kit, with an Arduino board, breadboard, and soldering iron  Makerspace lounge area, with touchscreen and chairs.The Makerspace printer desk

  • Hours: 1:00pm - 7:00pm, Monday through Thursday and 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Friday, or by appointment

  • Size: seating for 8

  • Equipment: Makerbot Replicator 2, Ultimaker 2, Lulzbot Taz 5, Arduinos, and a variety of other maker technologies

  • Reservations: Stop by to talk to one of our student consultants, attend our maker workshops, or contact us at scholarslab@virginia.edu to schedule an appointment with Scholars’ Lab staff to discuss your planned project.

The Seminar Room

Alderman 423

The Scholars’ Lab seminar room is reserved space for library activities instruction, and when not in use as a classroom is available as open study space. Check the schedule on the door for times when the room is unavailable.

  • Size: seating for 20

  • Equipment: ceiling-mounted projector; instructor station w/audio and video; 2 whiteboards.

  • Reservations: Throughout most of the year, this room is available for booking for library activities instruction on a first-come first-served basis. Please contact libevents@virginia.edu for more information.

The Classroom

Alderman 421

The Classroom is a flexible learning space shared by the Scholars’ Lab and other Library units, providing space for library-related instruction, workshops, invited speakers, and special events. Scholars’ Lab workshops and the speaker series are often held in this room. Please note that overhead air vents in middle of room mean a mic is required for folks in the back half of the room to hear presenters well. When not otherwise reserved, this room is available for use as open study space, with seating for 30 people at chairs and tables. Check the schedule on the door for times when the room is unavailable.

  • Size: seating for 30

  • Equipment: 25 Dell laptops; ceiling-mounted projector; instructor workstation with desktop, audio, and video.

  • Reservations: This room is typically available only for library-related instruction and activities. Please contact libevents@virginia.edu for more information.