ITS-Managed Computer Labs

InfoCommons

Information Technology Services manages several computer labs on the Boston campus which Northeastern students, faculty and staff may use. ITS-managed computer labs offer access to the university’s extensive library of software applications and to printers where you may use your Northeastern Printing Plan credits. Lab computers have the print drivers already installed, so you just need to print to the queue you want, then swipe your Husky Card at the associated swipe-to-print station. Students, faculty and staff can log into an ITS-managed computer lab machine with their myNEU accounts. The LabMap service is also available for the InfoCommons labs, displaying which computer workstations are available, and whether they are Mac or PC. Learn more here.

InfoCommons
InfoCommons 2 (IC2)
Digital Media Commons (DMC)
Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC)
3D Printing Studio
54 Dodge
Discovery Lab
Equipment Available for Checkout


InfoCommons

The largest of the ITS-managed computer labs on the Boston campus, InfoCommons is home to more than 170 computers (about half Windows, half Mac), and several printers and scanners. Nearby is the Help & Information Desk where ITS Service Desk employees provide technical assistance, and can help you check out audio-visual equipment and technical peripherals.

Location:
First floor Snell Library

First floor printing queues:
Black and White 8.5×11
Black and White 11×17
Color 8.5×11 Color 11×17

Hours:
InfoCommons is open all hours that the Library building is open-24/7 except during intersession or for maintenance. For details, visit the Library’s hours page.


InfoCommons 2 (IC2)

An extension of the computer lab on the first floor, InfoCommons 2 consists of two areas and has more than 80 computers (Windows and Mac). These workstations offer the same software as machines in the main InfoCommons. Like the first floor lab, IC2 provides open access to Northeastern students, faculty and staff. IC2 is divided into two spaces. When entering from the stairwell, there is a set of computers located around the corner on the right, and there is another set of computers on the left just outside of the Digital Scholar Commons.

Location:
Second floor Snell Library

Second floor printing queues:
Black and White 8.5×11
Black and White 11×17
Color 8.5×11

Hours:
InfoCommons 2 is open all hours that the Library building is open-24/7 except during intersession or for maintenance. For details, visit the Library’s hours page.


Digital Media Commons (DMC)

The Digital Media Commons (DMC) is a dedicated media lab and digital creativity center space for students, faculty and staff. There are dual-screen Mac and Windows machines in this space. These machines support graphic design, animation, audio/visual editing, 3-D modeling and game design through a suite of software applications and specific tools and equipment. While these workstations offer many of the same software applications as InfoCommons machines, there is a greater emphasis on media creation. DMC machines have more advanced media applications such as ArcGIS, Maya, After Effects, and Avid. Unlike InfoCommons computers, which are open use, students are strongly encouraged to reserve a DMC workstation using Northeastern University Space Scheduling Online (NUSSO), available through myNEU and at https://nuevents.neu.edu/.

Location:
Second floor Snell Library

Second floor printing queues:
Black and White 8.5×11
Black and White 11×17
Color 8.5×11

Hours:
The DMC is open all hours that the Library building is open-24/7 except during intersession or for maintenance. For details, visit the Library’s hours page.


Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC)

The Digital Scholarship Commons is a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment where faculty and doctoral students engaged in research and instruction consult with experts and colleagues. In that space they can advance their academic projects, and share best practices in the use of technology and information resources. Learn more at the DSC site.

Location:
Suite 211 on the second floor Snell Library

Hours:
DSC Workstations can be reserved for up to two hours at a time. Faculty can reserve DSC Workstations in NUSSO through the library’s registration page. Graduate and doctoral students should contact dsc@neu.edu to reserve Workspaces. Visit the ATS Available Workspace page for more information and instructions.


3D Printing Studio

Located in the Digital Media Commons (DMC), the 3D Printing Studio offers the resources of a full suite of 3D fabrication and modeling technologies to members of the Northeastern community: students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty and staff. Almost any geometry from a computer model in three dimensions can be printed, whether it was designed in AutoCAD, Maya, Rhino, ZBrush, Google Sketchup, MatLab, or another modeling program.

Location:
Second floor Snell Library

Hours:
For more information about getting started, walk-in hours and monthly workshops, visit the 3D Printing Studio site.


54 Dodge

This ITS-managed lab has 30 Windows machines, and offers the same software as the Windows machines in the InfoCommons.

Location:
The basement of Dodge Hall

Nearby printing queues:
Black and White 8.5×11

Hours:
Regular academic schedule: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outside of academic terms lab hours may vary.

Please note that 54 Dodge will be closed over the summer; it will reopen for Fall 2014.


Discovery Lab

The vision of the Discovery Lab is to provoke thought and discussion by showcasing ideas and innovations at Northeastern. Students, faculty and researchers may display work that compliments not only the learning experience but also the positive influence and effect the contribution/idea has both locally and globally. Discovery Lab will host discussions and exhibitions from companies who are change agents, paving the way with innovative technology and ideas. The Discovery Lab has a flexible design, giving students, faculty, colleges and guest speakers the opportunity to present and or display in many formats and configurations. Interdisciplinary programming is encouraged. Co-sponsoring and collaborating with others departments or schools on theme-based exhibits may interest a broader audience and foster valuable relationships. The Discovery Lab also has a standing showcase with vendors who provide discounted technology to the students.

Location:
First floor Snell Library

Hours:
Availability and access is based on request. To learn more, visit the Discovery Lab website.


Equipment Available for Checkout

Equipment may be checked out from the Help & Information Desk on the first floor of Snell Library, near the InfoCommons. Requests must be done in-person and similiar to library books, availability may vary and some materials must remain in the building. The staff at the Help & Information Desk will be able to assist you and answer all equipment questions. The following may be available for checkout:

  • Aux Cable
  • Camcorders
  • Colab Kits (vga and hdmi cable, TV remote)
  • DMC KitsĀ (vga and hdmi cable, TV remote)
  • Ethernet Cable
  • HDMI Cables
  • iPhone 4 to HDMI (30-pin)
  • iPhone 4 to VGA (30-pin)
  • Laptop Bags
  • Lightning to HDMI
  • Lightning to VGA
  • Mac Chargers – MagSafe 2 (new)
  • Mac Chargers – MagSafe (old)
  • Mac DVI to VGA adapter
  • Mac Ethernet Adapters
  • Mac HDMI Adapters
  • Mac Mini DVI to VGA Adapter
  • Mac VGA Adapters
  • Magic Mouse
  • Magic Trackpad
  • PC Chargers
  • Portable PA
  • Power Strips
  • Projectors
  • Tripod Bags
  • Tripod Stands
  • Turning Point Clickers
  • USB Microphone
  • USB Presenters
  • USB Superdrive
  • VGA Cables
  • Videoconferencing kit
  • Voice Recorder
  • Wacom Tablet

Location:
First floor Snell Library

Updated October 2014