The Scholars’ Lab Makerspace is a place for crafting, tinkering, and experimentation with technologies like 3D printing, sewing, physical computing, and augmented reality. Open to everyone—absolutely no prior experience needed and no fees!—we specialize in hands-on approaches to research questions in the humanities and arts.

Informed by a rich tradition of Library support for exploring materiality in Special Collections and the Fine Arts Library Materials Collection, and for participating in the physical-made-digital in both the Scholars’ Lab and the Robertson Media Center in Clemons, our Makerspace Technologists can help faculty and student researchers evaluate new approaches to their work, and consider both the hows and the whys of making.

Learning how to do something with humanities technology gives us a more informed perspective on why we do things in the humanities. Both are vital.

Staffed Hours

COVID-19 Update: All UVA Libraries are closed until further notice. Scholars' Lab staff working remotely will continue to provide online consultations for online teaching, research, and coursework. Contact us at with your GIS, VR, digital project, and makerspace needs. Read more.

Makerspace Technologists
Makerspace Manager & Lead Research Technologist
Ammon Shepherd:3D Printing, Electronics, Programming, Digital Humanities, Sewing
Student Technologists
Andrew Carl:3D Printing, 3D Modeling, Electronics, Wearables
Nora Dale:3D Printing, Textiles, Buttons
Clara Ma:3D Printing
Coke Matthews:3D Printing, 3D Modeling
Brandon Phan:3D Printing, 3D Modeling
Scholars’ Lab Staff Technologists
Laura Miller:3D Printing, Photogrammetry, Digital Humanities
Shane Lin:3D Printing, Programming, Digital Humanities
Jeremy Boggs:3D Printing, Electronics, Programming, Digital Humanities
Using the Makerspace

Interested in exploring the Makerspace? Have an idea to use microcontrollers or 3D modeling and printing technology to enhance your research or differently interrogate your assumptions? Stop by to talk to one of our Technologists, attend our maker workshops, or contact us at to schedule an appointment with a Makerspace Technologist or Scholars’ Lab staff to discuss your planned project.

What’s in the Makerspace?
    3D Printing
  • FDM 3D Printers: MakerBot Replicator 2, Ultimaker 2, Lulzbot TAZ 5, Prusa i3 MK3S
  • SLA 3D Printer: Formlabs Form 2 (available for use with staff assistance only)
  • Assortment of FDM 3D printer filaments
    VR, AR
  • Oculus Rift DK1 Development KitsMicrosoft
  • HoloLens
  • Google Cardboard classroom set
    Physical Computing
  • Sparkfun Arduino kits, with Arduino UNO and 101 boards and an assortment of Arduino shields.
  • Raspberry Pi version 3 and Zero W
    Textiles & Wearables
  • Bernina B 350 sewing machines + Juki MO-644D serger
  • Basic supplies for wearables and tactile computing
  • Felt
  • Sewing needles and thread
  • Quilting/cross-stitch frames
    Graphics & Photography
  • Wacom Cintiq 22HD graphics tablet
  • Camera equipment:
  • Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera with 24mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/2.0 lenses
  • Samsung NX1000 MILC camera with kit lens
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Agisoft PhotoScan
  • ArcGIS, qGIS
  • Arduino
  • Blender, MeshMixer, Tinkercad, SketchUp, Maya
  • Cura, Makerbot Desktop
  • Oculus
  • PreForm
  • Rhinocerous
  • Simplify3D
  • Tool box with basic hand tools (wrenches, screwdrivers. etc.)
  • Soldering irons, solder, helping hands
  • Digital multimeters
  • Spare parts for basic electronics tinkering (breadboards, wire, switches, sensors)

All equipment is maintained for use in the Makerspace and is not available for check out at this time. Don’t see the equipment you need here? Visit for other shops, labs, and places for making at UVA.

If you have any questions or to want to schedule a printer or a consultation, please contact To see our open hours and printer reservations, scroll up to view the Makerspace calendar.

What’s in the Scholars’ Lab public space?
  • High-end desktop computers (PC and Mac)
  • Scanners (flatbed, large format, sheet feeder) and OCR software
  • Media:Scape Conference & Presentation Lounge (contact to reserve the presentation space)
  • Egg Chair
Makerspace dummy floorplan

Makerspace and Public Space, 4th Floor main library (formerly known as Alderman)

Questions? Hesitant about joining us in the Makerspace? You belong here, and we're happy to meet with you, answer questions, and give you a tour to help you feel more at home. Email to let us know you're curious about our Makerspace.