Even though the library is currently closed, our expert staff are still available to help you remotely. Whether you’re working on a podcast, a video, or want to incorporate some data visualization into your project, we can provide remote support.
To request an appointment, please email us with some information about what you’d like to do and we will pair you with an appropriate specialist. We are happy to work with individuals or small groups.
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Virtual Media Lab
Looking for online resources on podcasting, making videos, virtual reality, or 3D modeling? Interested in attending virtual workshops or demos? Have questions about how other members of the Harvard community are using media? The Virtual Media Lab is here to help you further develop your skills, share your work, and meet other folks who are interested in all things media.
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:
- 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
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.
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
More Equipment You Can Borrow From The Lamont Circulation Desk
This equipment is available for 3-hour checkout with your Harvard ID:Laptops
- Dell & Mac models
- Mini display port to VGA adapter
- USB-C to VGA
- USB-C to USB-A male/female
- USB-C to USB-A cable
- USB-C to HDMI
- Lightning to headphone adapter for iPhone / iPad
- DVI to VGA
- Apple Lightning charger for iPhones
- USB-C 61W Charger for 13” MacBook
- Micro USB & Adapter
- Mag Safe and Mag Safe 2 Apple Chargers (older Mac models)
- Dell Charger & Inspiron Charger (for some pre-USB-C PC models)
- Sony and Sennheiser Headphones
- Logitech Desktop USB Microphone
- Dragon USB microphone headsets (headphone with integrated mic)
- Lamont Library Calculator - TI-83 Plus
- Lamont Library Calculator - TI-NSPIRE CX
- Charging cable for TI-NSPIRE Micro USB to USB for TI-NSPIRE CX
- SD & Micro SD Card Reader USB-C and USB-A
- 32G Flashdrive
- Apple DVD Drives
- HDMI Cables
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
- Fusion 360
- Gear 360 (Samsung 360 rendering utility)
- Reaper DAW with Focusrite Scarlett 18i/8 interface — LAM-MEDIA-11 station only
- MuseScore — LAM-MEDIA-11 station 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
- EndNote X7/X8/X9
- Final Cut Pro
- MS Visual Studio
- Aeon Client
- Autodesk 3ds Max
- Autodesk Revit
- IronPython 2.7
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.