Digital Media Lab

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Geisel Library's Digital Media Lab (DML) is open to all UCSD faculty, staff, and students, providing a space for media creation and editing. Specific capabilities include free 3D printing, video editing (e.g., Final Cut, iMovie, Camtasia), image manipulation (e.g., Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects), sound editing (e.g., Adobe Audition, Garageband), media-rich website creation (e.g., Dreamweaver, Flash, Filezilla), and basic productivity (e.g., MS Office, web browsers, Adobe Acrobat Pro).  

Equipment & Software

The DML features eight workstations, both Macs and Windows PCs, with various equipment configurations. The 5K iMacs are attached to high-end scanners that allow scanning 35mm negatives and slides. To view available equipment and software, consult our catalog.


Summer 2016 hours:

Hours during regular academic terms are:

Monday-Thursday 10am-10pm

Friday 10am-6pm

Saturday 12pm-6pm

Sunday 2pm-10pm


3D printers and workstations can be reserved for 3 hours per day through the Library's room reservation system. 3D printer users should plan to show up 10 minutes early to consult with staff to maximize their print times.

Consulting & Workshops

Our staff is highly skilled across a broad range of media and computing topics. For in depth, one-on-one help designing, creating, or troubleshooting media projects, UCSD affiliates may schedule a consulting session by emailing

We've performed hundreds of personal consultations on a wide range of topics, including:

• Replicating a Mayan artifact from dig site photos
• Scanning and replicating small sculptures
• Creating short animations to illustrate chemical processes
• Custom endoscope tips
• Custom microscope fittings and other lab equipment
• 3D sonograms
• 3D printing infant heart models from MRI data
• 3D printing heart models from CT scan data
• Depth mapping prison wall texture from photos
• Video abstract for an online journal
• Printing protein structures from online databases


In support of the University's mission of teaching and research, the Digital Media Lab (DML) provides computing and multimedia resources to the University community. Access to the DML is a privilege conditioned upon compliance with the current Acceptable Use Policies.
DML users are liable for any and all activities they conduct while in the facility. DML users are expected to understand and comply with all federal and state laws, as well as University and Library regulations and policies.

Examples of misuse of this facility include, but are not limited to:

  • Violation of applicable federal or state laws and campus regulations, including but not limited to the transmission of threats, harassment, defamation, obscenity, and pornography; theft of or unauthorized access or use of University resources.
  • Copyright infringement. Be aware that reproduction or distribution of copyrighted works, including, but not limited to, images, text, or software, without permission of the owner is an infringement of U.S. Copyright Law and is subject to civil damages and/or criminal penalties including fines and imprisonment.
  • Storing or processing sensitive data on DML computers, except by explicit agreement with the DML. Sensitive data includes any export-controlled technology, as well as collections of personally identifiable information (PII), healthcare records, human subject data, and certain types of student records.

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Last revised: D. Tweedy, 3/28/16
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