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Kenan Science Library Makerspace: UNC Campus Resources

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Kenan Science Library Makerspace

The Kenan Science Library Makerspace is located in Venable Hall. The KSL Makerspace offers a 3D printing service, two sewing machines, a Cricut Maker, 3D scanner, soldering station, knitting supplies, and VR. More information about the space and tools available in this makerspace can be found here:

BeAM Network Makerspaces


The BeAM (Be A Maker) Network is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's network of on-campus makerspaces. With multiple makerspace locations -- Murray Hall, Carmichael Hall, and the Hanes Art Center -- plus the Design Center, BeAM provides UNC affiliates access to a variety of maker tools, technologies, and services. 

BeAM Online Training

Apart from the Kenan Science Library Makerspace, BeAM makerspace locations require completion of a safety waiver, introductory "101" Sakai training module and an onsite training session to access makerspace tools. For use of basic hand tools like screwdrivers and drills, only this general training is required. Other tools like laser cutters, sewing machines and woodshop equipment require additional training modules. To learn more and get started with BeAM 101, visit the BeAM Basic Tools webpage. 

BeAM Design Center 

Also part of the BeAM Network, the BeAM Design Center supports research projects by offering consultations and other services to meet design and fabrication needs. 


University Libraries

Media & Design Center

The Media & Design Center is located in the House Undergraduate Library. It offers access to computers, other equipment, materials, workstations, studio space, workshops, reservable VR, and instruction related to different types of media and media production. Additional Guides on types of content creation are linked from the Design Lab webpage. 

Library Data Services

Library Data Services cater to researchers interested in working with data, mapping, texts, visualization, and technology. Many of these services are available online. Davis Library Data Services, located on the second floor of Davis Library, offers:

  • A computing lab with specialized software for GIS and data visualization & analysis.
  • Walk-in assistance provided by knowledgeable student consultants during set hours
  • Consultations with specialists for more in-depth inquiries (by appointment).
  • Spaces for collaboration and presentation, complete with white boards and external displays.
  • Technology workshops focused on working with data (manipulation, visualization, mapping).


Other Resources

Innovate Carolina

Resources connected to this campus-wide entrepreneurship initiative include co-working spaces, funding opportunities, pitch competitions, events and workshops.  

Odum Institute

The Odum Institute for Research in Social Science offers courses on research-related topics like statistics, data analysis, programming languages, and publishing. Check out the link in the UNC Workshops box above for descriptions of past and upcoming courses. 


The Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory offers access to tools and expertise helpful for research and fabrication. This is a core facility located in Chapman Hall. 

UNC Workshops

  • Library Data Services
    Learn R, Virtual reality, 3D design and printing, QGIS, Python, Arduino, Endnote, Tableau, NextEngine, Critical making.
  • Be A Maker Workshops
    Learn Laser Cutting, Embroidery, 3D Design and Printing, Vinyl Cutting, Photoscanning, Wood Shop, Sewing, VR Development, and Sketchup
  • Odum Institute Learn Survey Design, NVivo, R, Stata, Atlas.ti, and SPSS
  • SkillfUL Learn Capturing and Editing Audio/Video, Adobe Suite, Wordpress, Podcasting, Sketchnoting, Zine Making, and Website Accessibility