Lamont Multimedia Lab

Your one-stop shop for media creation and data visualization

Welcome to the Media Lab

Located on B-level of the Lamont Library in the main reading room, the Media Lab has everything you need for media creation, editing and production. In the lab you can: 

Create Media 

  • Music: Use USB midi keyboards and music notation software to create music
  • Visual media: Make videos, animations, visualizations, photos, posters, and more 
  • Big screens: Use our external monitors with your own machines

Import and Export Media

  • Audio: CDs, LP/records, cassette tapes
  • Video: DVD, VHS, camera footage
  • Visuals: Photos, slides, filmstrips, and positives/negatives
  • Burn: CDs/DVDs/Blu-ray

Help Hours

The lab machines can be used whenever Lamont Library is open. Student media consultants are available during our help hours outlined below. 

See the Lamont Library's full hours for monthly hours, including holiday exceptions.

Fall/Spring Semesters: 

  • Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. — 10 p.m. 
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. — 10 p.m. 


  • Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. 


Looking for training on film editing software, podcasting skills, data visualization, and more?

See the Media& series page for a listing of scheduled workshops and talks.


We are currently updating our equipment records to create an easier-to-use catalog. A partial list of our equipment is available via HOLLIS. 

Browse equipment

Media Equipment You Can Borrow From The Lamont Circulation Desk

This equipment is available for 24-hour checkout with your Harvard ID: 

  • Cameras (Canon & Nikon DSLRs, Sony and Fujifilm Mirrorless, and Canon HD camcorders)
  • (2) 360-degree Samsung cameras
  • 35, 50, & 85mm Nikon prime lenses
  • Dual Shure SM58 microphone podcasting field kit
  • Tascam DR-40 audio recorders w/ 3.5mm lav mic adapters
  • SD cards
  • Photo and video tripods, plus mini tripod & phone mount kits
  • Large LED lights with stands
  • Green screen, black, and white backdrops with stand
  • On-camera shotgun mics
  • Snowball and Yeti USB mics
  • Audio Technica wired lav mics w/ adapters for mobile phone recording
  • Optoma Projectors

Equipment available for use in the Media Lab

In addition to the machines in the lab — scanners, DVD, VCR, DAT, audiocassette, and LP import devices — we also have:

  • Data transfer cables and adapters (USB A & C, HDMI, and more)
  • Various HDMI and VGA cables to connect machines to monitors or projectors
  • Hard drives for transferring projects from one machine to another
  • Headphones and Headphone splitters
  • SD and multi-card readers (connect via USB 3)
  • USB CD/DVD and Blu-ray players/burners

These items can be borrowed from the student assistant in the lab during staffed hours.


Here's a look at the specialized software available on Media Lab computers in Lamont Library. 

Media Lab Video & Audio Stations

The following software is available on the Audio & Video stations in the Media Lab.

  • Adobe 2019 full suite
  • Tableau
  • QGIS+
  • StataMP
  • ScreenFlow
  • AutoCad
  • Maya
  • Fusion 360
  • Sketchup 
  • Unity
  • Gear 360 (Samsung 360 rendering utility)
  • HandBrake
  • Reaper DAW with Focusrite Scarlett 18i/8 interface — LAM-MEDIA-11 station only
  • MuseScore — LAM-MEDIA-11 station only

Media Lab Data & Data Visualization Stations

The following software is available on the Data & Data Visualization stations in the Media Lab.

  • Adobe 2019 full suite
  • Tableau
  • OpenRefine
  • Gephi
  • Cytoscape
  • LIWC 2015 — MP13 and MP14 stations only

Media Lab Annex

The Media Lab Annex, Room 310 on the 3rd floor of Lamont Library, has Mac and Windows operating systems. Here's what software is available: 


  • Full 2019 Adobe Suite 
  • Audacity
  • AutoCad
  • Maya
  • EndNote X7/X8/X9
  • Final Cut Pro 
  • HandBrake
  • iMovie 
  • NVivo 
  • QLab
  • SketchUp 
  • Unity
  • MS Visual Studio


  • Aeon Client
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Autodesk Revit
  • IronPython 2.7

Suggestions for new equipment?

We want to hear from you! Tell us what gear you think the Media Lab should purchase next.

Services We Offer

Drop by during our help hours and one of our student media consultants can show you how to use our equipment or software, or help you with your own machine. 

We also offer other ways to get help and make use of our equipment.


A consultation is the best way to get personalized help with a project or get more in-depth questions answered.

Workshops & Classes

We regularly hold custom workshops for groups of three or more. Email us with your topic of interest and we'll start the planning process.

Email Help

Have a quick question like: "How do you do that in Photoshop?" Send us an email and we'll get back to you with possible solutions.

Work in the Media Lab

Interested in working at the Media Lab?

We offer flexible hours for students throughout the year, including the summer. Shifts typically run two to four hours between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.

We look for candidates with some experience making media and an interest in learning more. We tend hire toward the beginning of each semester: spring, fall, and summer.

If you're interested in working with us or want more information contact us.