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Digital Media Commons

Introduction to the Digital Media Commons

Supported by Library and Information Technology Services technology staff, the new Digital Media Commons provides a comprehensive facility for audio and video creation and multimedia projects. New animation, 3D-modeling, and game-design software will allow users to create and present interactive media-rich content. The facility has extensive data-analysis capabilities and GIS/mapping and CAD tools that provide users with the ability to work across disciplinary boundaries to build complex simulation models and explore innovative solutions to real-world problems.

This cutting-edge facility is available to current Northeastern faculty, staff and students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and includes:

  • Flexible study spaces equipped with plug-in stations for laptop and notebook computers
  • A comprehensive suite of data-analysis, media-editing, and creative software
  • Self-service media conversion capabilities
  • Laptop checkout with high-end software
  • Group workrooms with state-of-the art collaboration and presentation technologies
  • Mac and PC-based computer workstations with dual-monitor displays
  • Walk-in technical support
  • Regularly-held instructional workshops


The Digital Media Commons represents a transformative use of 11,000 square feet of space that had previously housed stacks of library collections since converted to online formats. It was designed by a steering committee comprised of individuals from the University Libraries, Information Services, the College of Arts, Media and Design, and Facilities, with input from faculty and students. This new facility addresses an expressed need for greater access to educational technology and additional study spaces on campus, and provides the Northeastern community with new, innovative opportunities for teaching and learning.